Multitalented artist and feminist Bashi offers up a memoir that complements, without imitating, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (2003). She and Satrapi have a few significant details in common. Both were youths during the Iranian Revolution, both eventually traveled west to live in Switzerland, and both chose to tell their stories and opinions in graphic novels. Bashi, however, doesn’t just tell her story to readers unknown. She organizes her story for herself, or the selves she has been at different ages, with different information and in different cultural contexts. Each brief chapter shows her being “visited” by a past self—the idealist teen, the abused and religious young wife, the brokenhearted mother, the new immigrant, and so forth—who argues against her present choices. This is broader than a coming-of-age memoir, following into early middle age Bashi’s development of her art and her politics as well as her sense of self. The art is flat and cartoony and provides a wealth of detail about emotions as well as culturally specific settings. --Francisca Goldsmith
Advance Praise for Nylon Road:
“NYLON ROAD is an engaging and entertaining journey into Islamic Iranian culture through the eyes of young professional woman. It is a window into the transformation of Iran from a pro-western country into the abyss of Islamic totalitarianism. The writer brilliantly takes you into her life and shows you how that affected her life and makes the case for the importance of democracy and freedom.” - Brigitte Gabriel, New York Times Bestselling author of They Must Be Stopped
"Parsua Bashi is one of those compelling voices who rarely get heard in the mass media, but who can sing her poignant song loud and clear through the intimate medium of the graphic novel."
- Paul Gravett, author of Holy Sh*t! and the bestselling author Manga
“Parsua Bashi weaves personal experience with Iranian history and, without coming