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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
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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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.

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"[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

"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

"[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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