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The Complete Persepolis Paperback – Black & White, October 30, 2007
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"A memoir of growing up as a girl in revolutionary Iran, Persepolis provides a unique glimpse into a nearly unknown and unreachable way of life... That Satrapi chose to tell her remarkable story as a gorgeous comic book makes it totally unique and indispensable."
About the Author
Marjane Satrapi was born in Rasht, Iran. She now lives in Paris, where she is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout the world, including The New Yorker, and The New York Times. She is the author of Embroideries, Chicken with Plums, and several children's books. She cowrote and codirected the animated feature film version of Persepolis.
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I'll admit that the latter half of the book, with Marjane grown up, doesn't quite have the same fiery pop as the half surrounding her younger self, a bold pipsqueak learning the realities of war. But I'll forgive Satrapi for the wonderful illustrations, and for taking the opportunity to spend a page of setup for a genital joke. It's a good book that can be heartbreaking and bawdy at the same time.
The overall length looks small, but it contains all of the stories from Satrapi's autobiographical coming-of-age series published in France. Fans should know that the overall size of the book itself is smaller than I thought--I own the original French-language edition, which practically towers over this one. I would say this is smaller than an average graphic novel book, but Much bigger than a manga volume, but that's why reading glasses were made!
So, there you have it. This floored my 11 year niece and my 76 year old mother. It's brilliant and timeless.
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Persepolis is a book about a girl named Marjane Satrapi growing up in Tehran, the capital of Iran during the middle...Read more