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Persepolis The Story of a Childhood (Paperback)

Author:  Marjane Satrapi
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 037571457X
ISBN-13: 9780375714573
Sku: 36341644
Publish Date: 6/1/2004
Sales Rank: 2916
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 0.5T
Pages:  153
Age Range:  NA
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The great-granddaughter of Irans last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life. Reprint. 75,000 first printing. *Author: Satrapi, Marjane *Subtitle: The Story of a Childhood *Publication Date: 2004/06/01 *Number of Pages: 153 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.00
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A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller

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.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. 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 reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with 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.
PERSEPOLIS, in the tradition of MAUS, tells a tough tale through illustration. Satrapi recounts her childhood, growing up in Iran under the Islamic Revolution, and the changes she and her family, devoted Marxists, had to make to survive.The critics made the inevitable comparisons to MAUS when reviewing this graphic novel-style memoir. But this deeply personal child's-eye view of Iran during the fall of the Shah deserves to be considered in its own right. Marjane Satrapi is related both to the old Persian royal family and to Communist rebels. Therefore, it's not surprising that she was raised a sheltered child of privilege and educated to be independent-minded. Unfortunately, the unpleasant realities of life in '70s and '80s Iran--violent demonstrations, imprisonment and executions of relatives and family friends, bombings by Iraq--continually keep intruding into that sheltered life. And neither the repressive regime of the Shah nor the even more repressive fundamentalist Islamic regime that follows is a good place for an independent mind to speak out. Despite Marjane's deep love for and loyalty to her country, does she truly belong there anymore? The black-and-white illustrations, reminiscent of woodcuts, manage to be both childlike and sophisticated and work intimately with the text to provide both a physical and emotional landscape.


"[Satrapi] is such a talented artist and her black-and-white drawings are so captivating, it seems wrong to call her memoir a comic book....What Satrapi hopes to do is defend her country, and her beguiling memoir should accomplish that for many readers." - Gloria Emerson 06/16/2003

New York Times Book Review
"Marjane Satrapi's PERSEPOLIS is the latest and one of the most delectable examples of a booming postmodern genre: autobiography by comic book....Contemporary American cartoonists tend often to operate in a twilight zone of ironically diminished expectation [while] PERSEPOLIS, by contrast, dances with drama and insouciant wit." - Fernanda Eberstadt 05/11/2003

New York Review of Books
"[I]mplacably witty and fearless." - Patricia Storace 04/07/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0153
Product attributePublisher:   Pantheon Books
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