Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
An intelligent and outspoken only child, Satrapi--the daughter of radical Marxists and the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor--bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. Marjane's child's-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a stunning reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, through laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2003
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 0375422307
Branch Call Number: B Satrapi
Characteristics: 153 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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The author's unforgettable girlhood within a large family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution.

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Dec 31, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a riveting account of a young girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Powerful black-and-white comic strip images paint a picture of daily life in a time of chilling, absurd and terrifying events. Her child’s eye view is disarming, tender and rebellious. The author does not want her entire nation to be judged by the wrongdoings of a few extremists and she succeeds in letting us see the political depths and individuality of its citizens. Try this for a great introduction to the “graphic novel” genre.

Dec 11, 2014

The story is partly true partly exaggeration.

Aug 28, 2014
  • mvkramer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very personal story of a girl growing up and becoming an adult takes on a political dimension because the girl just happens to live in Iran. I liked getting an inside look at Iran during the Islamic Revolution, a view of the world that Americans don't often see. Visually lovely, well-written, accessible and interesting. A memoir with something extra.

Jul 02, 2014
  • blue_hawk_654 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The graphic novel provides an interesting perspective of an Iranian girl that lives in a vast, cultural, and changing society.

Jun 18, 2014
  • Hollywood315 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A creative way to tell one's life story. Using a graphic novel to detail the events in one's life is truly amazing. Marjane's vivid descriptions and life like graphics make the reader feel as if they are living in her shoes. An epic read that everyone should have the opportunity to experience.

Sep 14, 2013
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The stark images contrasted by what should be a little lively childhood demonstrate perfectly the ambiguous world in which Satrapi grew up: surrounded by the love of her parents and her privileged life style, she was not spared the pain and fear of war. Her courage and innocence are striking, which gives the book a true and authentic voice: the black and white representing the anger of injustice and simple pictures the view of a complex world through a child's eyes.
I found I was unable to read the book too fast, so rich it was in events and emotions. The ending is heart-wrenching. A haunting tale.

Sep 03, 2013

A beautifully written graphic novel. It has good points toward the history of recent Iran, but she's written in a way that I felt was a lot more relatable and readable towards the modern reader. Absolutely loved it. Once you read the book though, be sure to find the movie.

Aug 25, 2013
  • mondaysomeday rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Wonderful" is the word. Really funny, heart-wrenching, interesting, and groundbreaking coming-of-age story. Though it takes place in Iran during the revolution, her stories are often very universal.

Jun 03, 2012
  • Ninja_Kevin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A really good non-fiction memoir, it also taught me a lot of things.

Jan 24, 2012
  • Kong72 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A wonderful story whether you love graphic novels, or have never read one before. A compelling, interesting, and intriguing story... it touches on lives and history that we don't normally hear that much about in this country, and very effectively humanizes a part of the world we tend to easily demonize.

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Dec 14, 2014
  • deelitch rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Iran.. in graphic comic book style, from the viewpoint of a young girl growing up in Tehran. Brilliant.

Jun 03, 2012
  • Ninja_Kevin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have recently finished a book called, "Persepolis" by Satrapi Marjane, a memoir. In this book the protagonist is Marji, she is a young girl who lives with her parents. Her parents would go into the streets at night and protest with others that have the same race as her because they didn’t like how they were treated and etc. The setting which it mostly took place is in Iran. Marji has to whear this veil in school, so they started a cultural revolution in Iran so that is when her parents started to protest in the streets.

Mar 30, 2010

Memoir told in comic-strip format of Marjane's girlhood in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution.


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