- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: RHUK; Film Tie-In edition (6 March 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 009952399X
- ISBN-13: 978-0099523994
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 134 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Persepolis Paperback – 6 Mar 2008
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"As Iran enters another important period of change...I think this is particularly good time to pick up Persepolis. Satrapi's deceptively simple, almost whimsical drawings belie the seriousness and rich complexity of her story - but its also very funny too" (Emma Watson Our Shared Shelf)
"A revelation...you will remember it for a very long time" (Mark Haddon)
"Persepolis is a stylish, clever and moving weapon of mass destruction" (David Jenkins Sunday Telegraph)
"The magic of Marjane Satrapi's work is that it can condense a whole country's tragedy into one poignant, funny scene after another" (Natasha Walter Independent on Sunday)
"I cannot praise enough Marjane Satrapi's moving account of growing up as a spirited young girl in revolutionary and war-time Iran. Persepolis is disarming and often humorous but ultimately it is shattering" (Joe Sacco)
About the Author
Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 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 several children's books, as well as the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling memoir Persepolis, which has been translated into twelve languages, and was awarded the first Fernando Bueso Blanco Peace Prize in Spain.
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On why she wrote/drew the book "This old and great civilization has been discussed mostly in connection with fundamentalism, fanaticism and terrorism. As an Iranian who has lived more than half of my life in Iran, I know that this image is far from the truth. I believe that an entire nation should not be judged by the wrongdoings of a few extremists. I also don't want those Iranians who lost their lives defending freedom, who died in the war against Iraq, who suffered under various repressive regimes, or who were forced to leave their families and flee their homeland to be forgotten. One can forgive but one should never forget."
#NadirasPointOfReview: What a kickstart to 2017! Three reading goals in one book: Memoir (my fave genre), Ethnic story by an ethnic writer (from and based in Iran), Graphic Novel (my very first!). Immensely loved this book. It's the story of the author and her childhood during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Marjane then proceeds to escape to Vienna for a better life... only to return to Iran after 4 years... The book was released into 4 volumes. However, I bought The Complete Persepolis which had all of it together. I recommend to buy this one, instead of separate volumes.
Cons: The politics bit went above my head at times. The font maybe a lil tiny for some people. Author's viewpoints, Iran's internal policies DO NOT represent Islam. Islam is not an extreme religion. It's the fanatics and extremists who make it so. In a religion followed by 1 billion out of worlds' total 6 billion population...the extremists make up a small %. So plz dont judge it by its people. Judge it by its Quranic teachings.
Pros: The comic-strip adaptation was an excellent way of conveying this poignant story. Breezy page-turner. Perfectly suitable for readers like me with short attention span. Very humorous at times. Adorable yet perfect expressions in the graphics. Serious and sad story. Author fearlessly expresses her viewpoints without withholding anything back. 500 pgs full of words and prose sometimes fail to convey a story as well as 300pgs of comic strip can! I found tears rolling down my eyes at some points. Marjane's cool & supportive parents and grandparents are so lovable too.
Very entertaining eye-opener. Highly recommend it! 5-stars.
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The book spoke to me, and that's a huge deal.