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The Complete Persepolis Paperback – Illustrated, October 30, 2007
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About the Author
- Publisher : Pantheon; Media tie-in edition (October 30, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 341 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0375714839
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375714832
- Item Weight : 1.19 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.98 x 8.87 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a great introduction to graphic novels as well as an introduction into Iranian politics. Marjane's perspective is unique, she a member of an elite society, her family have cultivated views and influential friends with power, and yet their narrative is drastically rearranged. Marjane's survival skills are in full effect as she travel Europe and discovers what it means to be an Iranian women.
Both the writing and the art in this book are simple and inviting. The story traces Marjane’s life from birth to divorce. Along the way she experiences oppressive government and religious regimes, the torture and disappearances of friends and relatives, a life of reprieve and education in Austria and France which come with their own trials, and the elusive goal of knowing and being comfortable with one’s own identity. The author’s honesty and introspection draw the reader warmly into a violent and inhospitable world. When a misplaced veil could lead to beating or execution, life’s other, internal struggles are kept in perspective though not lost entirely. While the autobiography is frank and revealing, it seems to never truly plumb the depths of the author’s emotional life. A bit more introspection would have been welcome in a woman who has overcome much hardship. Still, it feels like an important story to be told from a time and place that silenced women.
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Marjane Satrapi’s narration is engaging, you get to know her and her life really well. I learned so much from Persepolis. During the first half of the book (when Marji is a child) there are explanations about what was going on in Tehran at that time, as well the history behind this. When Marji returns from Austria the public vs private life personas continue to be opposite. People are being watched all the time. I think the below quote from Persepolis is fitting:
The regime had understood that one person leaving her house while asking herself:
Are my trousers long enough?’
Is my veil in place?’
Can my make-up be seen?’
Are they going to whip me?’
No longer asks herself:
Where is my freedom of thought?’
Where is my freedom of speech?’
My life, is it livable?’
What’s going on in the political prisons?”
If you haven’t read any graphic novels before then let this be the one to start. Don’t like history or memoirs? I think Persepolis might just convince you otherwise.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 10, 2021
This is a very eloquently told and illustrated account of what I would imagine a lot of young Iranians must have experienced, and, I imagine, a lot of young Muslims, particularly those living in Western capitalist countries must equally feel today in terms of their own personal and cultural identities.