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Pollo con ciruelas

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Teherán, 1958. La vida de Nasser Ali , un virtuoso de la música y padre de familia, pierde el sentido en el momento en que su mujer le rompe el tar, el instrumento que le ha acompañado durante toda su vida. Es entonces cuando Nasser Ali decide abandonarse hasta que Azrael , el ángel de la muerte, le venga a buscar.

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Paperback, 88 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Norma Editorial (first published 2004)
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Pramod Nair
Jul 10, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Marjane Satrapi is an author who needs no introduction. Through Persepolis she enchanted millions of readers across the globe with a brilliantly crafted graphic memoir detailing the events of her life and times. Her insights, keen eye for details, refreshing sense of humor and fantastic storytelling abilities made each of the cartoon frames in Persepolis brim with the essence of life.

Through Chicken with Plums, Marjane Satrapi once again wields her magic wand to weave an emotional and dramatic t
Jul 21, 2016 Afshar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story about Art, Love & Life...


!!! عالی بود
کلی با این کتاب خندیدم

کتاب، داستان ده روز آخر زندگی ناصر علی خان نوازنده تار رو در قالب تصویر تعریف می کنه. بعد از این که تار محبوب استاد تو یه دعوا و مشاجره توسط زنش دو تیکه میشه لذت بردن از همه علایق و دلگرمی های زندگی براش ناممکن میشه و در انتظار مرگ روز رو شب می کنه و شب رو به روز می رسونه.

این که چرا ناصر علی خان استاد تار ناصر علی خان شده و حالا به این روز افتاده با خوندن اتفاقات هشت روز باقی عمرش و فلاش بک های داستان به زمان های خیلی دور که با چاشنی طنز لطیفی ( یا شاید هم تلخ)
Feb 28, 2008 Myra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-lit-2008
Another brilliant, graphic novel from Satrapi. This one is not long at all - in fact, I read the whole thing in less than an hour's time.

Chicken With Plums is a story about Satrapi's great-uncle, Nasser Ali Khan. Nasser Ali Khan is a musician who decides to die after his beloved tar is broken by his wife. His marriage is pretty much a disaster, and as the novel progresses, we find out exactly why this is so - and it just so happens to be the same reason for why Nasser Ali Khan is so very upset o
MJ Nicholls
I saw the movie of Satrapi’s Persepolis and found it deeply irritating. But, being a pioneer in the graphic novel form—hell, a lone populiser of the form—I had to read something by her. This graphic novella (must I start a separate shelf for shorter graphic works?) is a melancholy folktale about a poor musician whose wife snaps his tar (like a sitar) in two. Finding no replacement for his prize instrument, he takes to his bed to die, where he reflects on his thwarted life—marrying the wrong woma ...more
Jul 23, 2016 Marianthi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Chicken with Plums' is the story of Nasser Ali Khan, one of Iran's most cherished tar (traditional string instrument) players. One day his tar is broken and Nasser Ali tries to replace it alas no other tar is good enough. That leads him to fall into a deep depression and decide to kill himself. The book then shares Nasser Ali's final 8 days interspersed with snippets of his and his family's lives from both past and future. A beautiful graphic novel in the same art style as beloved The Complete ...more
Jul 04, 2016 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christy by: Afshar
On the face of it, Chicken and Plums is simply a story about Nassir Ali Kahn, a revered musician, who is on a search for a new tar because his favorite one has been broken. His search leads him far, including humor and disappointment, for one that will sound as beautiful as his former, beloved one did. Sadly, other tars, no matter how expensive, fail to satisfy him and he therefore decides life is not worth living and lies down waiting to die.

We learn much more though, as after he makes the deci
This is a beautiful graphic novel about an Iranian musician who is heartbroken and who decides he doesn't want to go on living. Nasser Ali is unhappily married and is upset that his beloved instrument, a tar that was given to him by his teacher, has been broken. He tries to find a new tar, but is always disappointed in the quality. Nasser crawls into his bed and refuses to leave for several days. The only thing that gives him pleasure during this time is his favorite meal, chicken with plums.

Sara Alaee
Sad familiar story about love and its being the inspiration to create music. Graphics are also great.
Alejandra Arévalo
Nasser Ali Khan es el protagonista de esta melancólica historia donde Satrapi vuelve a la biografía de al parecer un pariente suyo muy reconocido por tocar el Tar. En la novela vemos los últimos 8 días de vida de Nasser y Satrapi juega con saltos temporales que nos llevan a conocer mejor la vida de Nasser y su familia.
Desde el principio se revela cómo será el desenlace de la novela, sin embargo no es hasta el final que Sarapi nos da sorpresas que nos dejan un hoyo en el corazón.
Sep 12, 2013 Neha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, graphic, read-2013
Chicken with plums, candies and gums, clapping and drums, laughter and jumps.

This is how the title makes you feel but believe me its far from it. Marjane Satrapi and her beautiful picture books can make even the most grim subjects a bag of laughter. She brings in the amazing human ability to laugh and live life even in the most hopeless situations.

This book is the testimony to it - as Marjane narrates 8 days before death of Naseer Ali Khan, his broken tar and heart. He lay there waiting for dea
Andy Shuping
"Chicken with Plums" is based on the true story of Satrapi's great-uncle, Nasser Ali, a famous Iranian musician, whose Tar is destroyed by his wife. After deciding that he has nothing else to live for he takes to his bed and waits to die. Eight days later he dies. In between Nasser's wife, brother, sister, and children all try to convince him to stay in the living world as he dreams of what the future might be.

"Chickens with Plums" has the same great artwork of Persepolis that places the focus o
This is a story of eight days in 1958 Tehran. A cranky old man has taken to bed to die. There are flashbacks and flash-forwards from several perspectives. The man's regret and sorrow are taken to his grave but revealed to us. As in her three previous novels, Satrapi portrays brilliantly funny and resolute characters. The main one here is more distantly related to her than the ones in her earlier stories. In addition, he is a man and I think that gender plays a part in Satrapi's characterization. ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-alt
A moving, psychological examination of a man facing suicide. I've been reading lots of Satrapi's work lately, I guess out of shame that I slept on her for so long. I really enjoy her stories and she tells them with lots of honesty and insight.

This could have been a digress chapter in Persepolis as it concerns one of Satrapi's relatives in Iran in the 50s and continues her exploration of society and culture in 20th century Iran.

Its a short book at only 80 pages, but it tells a complete story abou
Abigail Spracklen
An interesting read. I really like Marajane Satrapi I want to read the rest of her books.
Satrapi relates the death of her great-uncle and celebrated musician Nassar Ali Khan with the cool detachment of a reporter. Her drawings and captions do not reveal how she views the events she shares with us. Her uncle took to his bed one day and decided he was going to die. It appears to have taken him eight days.

The explanation Satrapi offers us is that he lived for his music. When his beautiful instrument was broken by his wife in a moment of rage, he never imagined his talent would abandon
Aug 20, 2011 Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was short, but our time together was just wonderful. I don't think it was as focused and fleshed out like Persepolis, but I don't fault Marjane for it. Persepolis was a personal story that Marjane LIVED, Chicken with Plums is also a very personal story, but it's about events well before her time. It's incredible she was able to weave such a compelling personal tale, with what was probably second hand information. Scraps here and there from different people, all of a man she never knew; and ye ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
It's easy to be disappointed in this book if you expect something of the scale and depth of the author's "Persepolis." But Satrapi has set out to tell a different kind of story in this book, and judging by that, I'd say she has come much closer to succeeding than some reviews here might suggest. Telling her story twice, first from an outsider's point of view and then from the perspective of the main character, Satrapi gives a postmodern twist to her material. And filling in what were surely the ...more
Chad Bearden
Dec 23, 2009 Chad Bearden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Whereas Marjane Satrapi's most main-stream work, "Persepolis" is a graphic novel, "Chicken with Plums" is more of a graphic short story. The limited page count belies the power of the story, and indeed forces a precision upon the bittersweet musician's tale that brings the point home all the more effectively.

The story ostensibly covers eight days in the life of Satrapi's great-uncle and renowned tar player, Nassar Ali, but the use of flashbacks provide insights into the family and personal histo
Jun 16, 2013 Renée rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like a 3.5 really...

I enjoyed the story, it was interesting to read and surprising at the end (I didn't suspect the woman on the street to be the one girl the musician was in love with before). Also I like the realism of the characters, they are not stereotypically portrayed or forced into a typical story with a hero, antagonistic character, good vs bad, etc. It was a good plot to first introduce the character and his end, so readers were made curious on how the musician came to his end in
Apr 30, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I find most striking about Chicken with Plums is author/artist Marjane Satrapi's economy of images and words. In just 85 pages, she tells an eight day-long story inspired by the life of her uncle, Nasser Ali Khan. When we meet Khan in 1958 Iran, he is an accomplished tar (lute) player desperately seeking a new instrument that can replicate the sonic and emotional qualities of his old, broken one. This task's futility--coupled with a chance meeting on the street with a former love who no lon ...more
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Marjane Satrapi's uncle: Nasser Ali Khan
Jul 29, 2008 Kerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was just really disappointed by the book. I do really enjoy the author's illustrations, but I just didn't really like the story. It was sad and depressing as if follows a musician who has become a stranger to his wife and children, despite the fact that he lives with them. I just thought it was a big downer. I don't really want to read about a comic who as given up on life.
Oct 28, 2015 Doreen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: moco-library
Crushed this book in a single sitting today (tho it's a graphic novel, so that's not at all difficult) and was just devastated by that ending. Ostensibly the story of a musician who gives up on life after he cannot find a suitable replacement for his broken instrument, it's a heart-rending tale of... well, I can't say much more without giving it away. But, as usual, Marjane Satrapi plumbs her personal history for an exquisitely moving tale, that in this case examines what gives our lives meaning ...more
It's impossible for me to dislike anything Satrapi's created but this beautifully told and illustrated tale was spoiled by my intense dislike of the protagonist.
Oct 06, 2015 The_Mad_Swede rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, pa-svenska, 2015
Jag har tidigare läst och uppskattat Marjane Satrapis självbiografiska serie Persepolis och den närmast appendixartade Broderier , så när jag snubblade över denna korta volym på biblioteket kunde jag inte motstå att låna hem den. Vilket var en mycket bra impuls.

Berättelsen om Marjanes mammas farbror Nasser Ali, som en dag beslutar sig för att död och sedan ligger åtta dagar och väntar på dödsängeln, blandar det biografiska med myt och folktro på ett sätt som verkligen tilltalar mig. Den narra
May 23, 2014 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Persepolis made me a fan, not just of the graphic novel, but also of Marjane Satrapi as an artist. I added a few of her books to my To Read list on Goodreads, and this was the first one that I've read so far. It is a moving account of a man who loses love and the decline to which such loss leads.
This book is less sweeping than Persepolis but no less personal or touching. It's about Marjane's great uncle, Nasser Ali, and the events that lead up to his death. Satrapi's illustrations are e
Becky R.
Chicken With Plums is actually quite a complicated story to put into words. In this tale, Sarjane Satrapi tells the story of a great-uncle who was a musician, who during an argument, had his tar (Iranian instrument he played) snapped in half by his wife. From the moment his instrument was destroyed, he began the search for a new one, and realized it could not be replaced, so he laid down to die. The remainder of the story examined, day by day, why he wanted to die, how he wanted to die, and when ...more
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
I am a big fan a Marjane Satrapi's graphic novels. This is yet another one that didn't disappoint, and I connected with this book more than I expected to.

I think...
Marjane Satrapi's skills as a storyteller are amazing. There is humor throughout her books, as they tell the state of affairs. None of her books are light in matter though. While they are meant to be enjoyed, there are usually very important messages and social or political themes in them. Her Persepolis books - The Story of a Childho
Jan 12, 2008 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, comics
The latest autobiographical graphic novel from the gifted Iranian writer/artist, Chicken With Plums features a family story at its core. Set in a period of a few days in 1958, the story told is of the tragic (and selfish) surrender to death by Nasser Ali Khan. As a young man Nasser Ali is called to music and to love but tradition stands in the way. His beloved’s father will not allow his daughter to marry a musician. Eventually, a despondent Nasser Ali, who had thrown himself even deeper into mu ...more
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Marjane Satrapi (Persian: مرجان ساتراپی) is an Iranian-born French contemporary graphic novellist, illustrator, animated film director, and children's book author. Apart from her native tongue Persian, she speaks English, Swedish, German, French and Italian.

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