Reccommendation: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

25 Apr

 

Persepolis is story of the author, Marjane Satrapi’s childhood and adolescence as a young Iranian woman in the 1980s-1990s. It is a classic coming of age story set in the political and social turmoil of wartime Iran.

Marjane searches for identity as an educated woman in a fundamentalist world and then as an Iranian woman in Western Europe.

Marjane is an extremely likeable character. She is fiesty, intelligent and well-meaning- but prone to make mistakes, which lead her down quite unfortunate paths. Her search for identity, even with its specific context, is about universal ideas. The importance of family. The terrifying aspect of independence. Sexuality. Rebellion. Cultural exchange.

Oh, and have I mentioned? Persepolis is a graphic novel. All in black and white, with simple and clear lines, it is easy and fun to read. I have never read an entire graphic novel before, my only points of reference being the  “comic book”, “Captain America” and so forth. After reading Persepolis I see graphic novels in a totally new light. It’s a great read and a great change of pace.

Persepolis has also been made into a feature-length film, bringing the wonderful images to life!

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2 Responses to “Reccommendation: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi”

  1. Charles April 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    Margaret!
    Looks like a great read! I will have to look for it. I read a graphic novel in a Poli Sci class earlier this year and loved it. It’s called Palestine by Joe Sacco, and it’s right up your ally. From one IR scholar to another. :)

  2. mzoobek April 25, 2010 at 10:49 pm #

    Charles,
    Sounds wonderful! I’ll have to check it out. I was in a European bookstore today and Persepolis the French version was displayed. Soon and very soon Charlie. Soon and very soon.

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