Graphic Novel Review: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Title: Persepolis
Author & Artist: Marjane Satrapi
Published: 2000
Genre: Graphic Novel – Non-Fiction

Synopsis: Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s 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.

My Rating: red-starred-starred-starred-starred-star

Persepolis is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Iranian artist Marjane Satrapi, it recounts her life from 1979 until mid-80s growing up during the Iranian Revolution. So the truth is that most of us in the USA know little to nothing about Iran so this was not only the story of growing up but a view from the people’s POV of what this drastic change in society encompassed. It also included the West’s involvement in middle-eastern politics for the sake of capitalism which is always very angering to see.

The drawings are done in black and white and we follow Marjee as she becomes a teenager, stubborn and nonconforming against these changes. You end up rooting for her, for her to continue her rebellion. This is not a sort of epic book where one girl takes on a government but more of a more personal intimate rebellion which is far more realistic and far more meaningful, IMO.

So, I highly recommend it, they even have the animation film also by Satrapi in French. I checked it out right after reading it and it was also fantastic.

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