23
Apr
08

Marjane Satrapi: Persepolis

The intelligent and outspoken child of radical Marxists, and the great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor, Satrapi 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. This is a beautiful and intimate story full of tragedy and humor–raw, honest and incredibly illuminating.

Unforgettable is a good word to describe this book. Amazing would also be another good word to describe this book.

I don’t usually buy graphic novels. Pictures? Nah. I want words.

I picked it up purely because I’ve heard of her and the book, and now I want more.

The artwork matches the tone of the book, and despite it being a translation, I think Satrapi’s voice shines through, which is as much a compliment to the author as it is to the translator.

In some senses, Persepolis is a coming-of-age story, and it’s wonderful how you can ‘hear’ the author grow up. For me, this is what’s made Persepolis into a keeper book for me.

Persepolis rates 5 out of 5.

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