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A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
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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, ye
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Pantheon (first published 2000)
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They are among the rare books that I give a 5 which means:
a. they will come with me wherever I go
b. I will read them again and again until I remember every single sentence
c. I will not lend them to people :p.

Tita introduced me to these books. I have been very interested on Iran and was even contemplating to read the autobiography of Farah Pahlavi, the Empress of Iran. After repeated visits to the bookshop to flip the pages of this autobiography, I wasn't sure if I wanted to part with my money fo
Paul Bryant
Well, having read the book, I went also to see the film last night. But I will probably not wish to go to see the musical or buy the soundtrack of the musical with specially commissioned songs by Sting and Bono and Madonna and Cher and several other rock stars who only have one name, all their other names having been given to their favourite charities to auction off.
I didn't read Persepolis Book Two so was interested that the film incorporates both books. However my joy turned to large bananas
"Persepolis" is a widely acclaimed memoir/graphic novel, it was rated highly by several of my fellow readers and therefore I've had my eye on it for a while. Sadly, now, after reading this book, I am a little underwhelmed by it.

As a graphic novel, it is a notable work. The cartoonish style of the drawing is superb, the subject matter is very current, the combination of tragedy and humor is clever.

However, as a political memoir, "Persepolis" lacks. I don't know exactly why, but I never got a gri
I intentionally avoided the movie version of this book. I wanted my reading experience to be unspoiled, even by trailers. Now, having read the book, I shall have to go see the movie.

I am the same age as Marjane Satrapi. As I reflect the events of this book, I remember my perception of events in Iran: the revolution, the hostage crisis, the war with Iraq. Having lived in Italy from 1977-79, I feel a little closer to these events than I would have, had I been "buried" in American concerns at the t
May 15, 2007 drbarb rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Americans, women, Republicans
I am as middle class (we call it affectionately, the "poor rich" where I live.) I am intellectual. I am like Richard Rodriquez and bellhooks because education took me away from my roots, but gave me who I am today.

So, how could Iranian middle class intellectuals and professionals in the late 1970s have been so different than me and my family? For the young, under the Shah, there was a strong and progressive, very Western group of middle class Iranians. Just like me and mine.

So, how could these p
Mar 19, 2015 Roya rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: okay


Two points that should be made.

1. This book will make you sad.

2. That's okay.

Persepolis is the first book in a graphic novel series about the childhood of Marjane Satrapi, the author of this book.

In this book, Satrapi reminisces her life in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution and the Iran–Iraq War - a time of oppression and dejection. Of course, with the Islamic Revolution came the arrival of the high and m
We complain about the religious fanatics in this country, and definitely we should keep an eye on them, because man oh man, things sure could be worse.

I liked this. It was cute but in a substantial way, interesting, and emotionally compelling. Satrapi made a point of representing her childhood self as kind of an asshole in a realistic and endearing little-kid way, which I thought was cool and served the book well. In a lot of stories about political repression the heroes are saintly people, but
Nojood Alsudairi
I got this book in Arabic. Any one who is interrested could borrow it from me (if you are in Jeddah that is!)
أنهيت قراءة الكتاب ليس لأني سريعة في القراءة و ليس لأنه كتب بالعربية و لكن لأسباب أخرى؛ أولها أننا كنا في الطائرة ننتظر مكان للوقوف لمدة ساعة تقريبا(بسسب الحجاج رعاهم الله) و ثانيا لأن الكتاب مصور! أكثر ما شدني في الكتاب، عدا عن كونه مصور، هو استطاعة الكاتبة أن تنقل لنا أفكار طفلة بتفاعلها مع مجتمعها و سياسة بلدها و إيمانها بربها بطريقة جميلة. أحسست و أنا أقرأ بأني كنت بالفعل أقرأ طفلة لي
Cultural relativists as far back as Sextus Empiricus or Michel Montaigne, or as recent as William Graham Sumner or Gilbert Harman, often make compelling arguments that there are no objective standards for judging other societies/beliefs. Yet Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis achieves in 153 pages what cultural relativists deny as possible and what most political pundits can never fully articulate: an informed and justifiable criticism of an existing cultural paradigm. Satrapi's method is deceptively ...more
Here's why you should read Persepolis :-

i)Satrapi talks about the pleasures and pains of being born as a female in a country under a most repressive Islamist regime, without ever sounding too serious or preachy.

ii)Iran's history during the growing years of Marji is summarized for you in a few pages along with the political and socio-cultural background of the times.

iii)This book features, by far, the coolest pair of parents that I've ever read about in a novel or book (or that I can think of at
Pramod Nair
“In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance... Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself.” – Advice to Marjane’s from her grandmother.

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood’, the first volume, is the intimate memoir of a spirited young girl who had to grow up in the chaos of a society under a stiffly ruled regime whi
Francisca Viegas
“One can forgive but one should never forget.”

This is the story of Marjane Satrapi as a child growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
It is so moving and deeply touching to actually see and read what she went through, as well as witnessing the gradual loss of innocence that came with living in war.
I recommend this to everyone. It shows a different side of the history of Iran - one that I knew very little about.
Marjane spent her growing up years in Iran, the daughter of wealthy-ish middle class parents. Her formative years were during the Iranian Revolution, in which her immediate and extended family took an active part. Politically, it was a time of great unrest and uncertainty and, if her book is any indication, she spent much of her time mulling over the things she sees and hears as an only child.

She's an interesting character - at times naive and idealistic, and, as she grows older, very aware of t
Joe S
It was a decently told story, with small shining moments. I don't feel it was worth all the hype, though, and I wonder if it would have been such a success if this weren't the perfect time to tap into liberal, anti-war, pro-vaguely-Middle-Eastern sympathies throughout the West.

In the end, I think the marketing was better than the story-telling.
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 3.75* of five graphic novel, 5* of five film

The Book Report: So this is the lightly fictionalized life story of Iranian emigre Satrapi, as she grows up in the waning days of Shah Reza Pahlavi's rule, the revolution, and the subsequent theocracy. She emigrates first to Vienna, for school at the Viennese Lycee Francaise, and then after a time back in Tehran, off to Paris. We meet her delightfully outspoken grandmother, her neither-fish-nor-fowl mother, her drippily emotional father, and a
This book was not at all what I expected -- it was so much more. Normally, I have a large amount of disdain for stories told form the child's persepctive, for I find the children to be a little too wise, a little too precoscious (I know it's spelled wrong, but it's late and I'm lazy), a little too learned, a little too in tune with their fate, etc. (think Mary Anton in "The Promised Land" -- to this day, it is the most tedious piece of self-indulgent crap I ever had to read and the only reason I ...more
Oh, it's surprisingly excellent. Remember when you finally, grudgingly read _Maus_ after hearing it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, and then it turned out that it was at least comparable to the greatness of bread being already sliced? This is like that. When you see "wise, funny, and heartbreaking," up above in the description, you probably can hear the violins swelling and the announcer saying, "Not since Cinema Paradiso..." but what makes _Persepolis_ so good is its unflinchingness. ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
A blurb on the back described this "graphic memoir" as the "Persian love child of Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry." Through childlike simple and whimsical black-and-white comic strips Marjane Satrapi gives us her memoir of what it was like growing up in Iran's Islamic Revolution from the ages of six to fourteen, before she was sent by her family out of the country.

I'm not really much of a fan of the graphic novel. For me it just can never have the richness of film or text. A friend of mine who d
Persepolis adalah sebuah ibu kota kuno dari Kekaisaran Persia, terletak 70 km timur laut Shiraz, Iran. Dalam bahasa Persia kuna, kota ini disebut Parsa. Persepolis adalah bentuknya dalam bahasa Yunani.

Perang, revolusi dan pertikaian internal adalah kata yang biasanya terkesan ‘seram’. Tetapi di dalam novel grafis ini, kita bisa tertawa sekaligus mengerenyitkan dahi. Lucu, apa adanya, sekaligus menyentuh. Penuturan yang unik dari seorang Marjane Satrapi berdasarkan pengalaman pribadinya sendiri.

Patrick O'Neil
As a child I had problems pronouncing words. My first attempt at the English language was “Rowl” – I was trying to put my all into saying the name of the store down the street “Red Owl.” Later, my favorite thing to try and read was the Peanuts cartoon by Charles Shultz, although I continually mispronounced Charlie Brown’s “sigh” as “see-gah.” That I had grown up in several different countries, spoke different languages, had dyslexia, and was general pretty stupid, didn’t help the situation any. ...more
This lived up to expectations.

I once lived with an Iranian in exile named Medi, also raised by radical Socialist parents under the Shah - his mother had been a gynecologist running a free clinic in a poor area of the country so their radical leaning s had been tolerated. This so resonated with what he told me of his childhood, and the utter disjunction between the tolerant and intellectual interior life, home life, and what was happening on the streets.

Medi was a wide-eyed believer in the USSR
War and revolution viewed from the eyes of a child I wonder how much is truth and how much is childhood imagination. After reading a few online articles about early Iran I think it's a good blend of both. If this book had been written as a regular book as opposed to it's graphic novel format I don't think it would have had near the impact this did on me. The simple but well done black and white art works well with her memories. Also seeing Marjane wrestle with her own version of god and stand up ...more
Η αλήθεια είναι πως δεν έχω ιδιαίτερη σχέση με τα κόμικς(βασικά έχω πολλά χρόνια να διαβάσω κάποιο),όχι επειδή δεν μου αρέσουν, αντιθέτως όταν πάω σε κάποιο βιβλιοπωλείο πάντα θα ξεφυλλίσω μερικά,απλά όσο χαζό και αν σας φαίνεται, δεν θέλω να τα διαβάσω επειδή νομίζω ότι θα τελειώσουν πολύ γρήγορα.Και τελικά είχα δίκιο καθώς το Περσέπολις κύλησε σαν νερό αλλά άξιζε και με το παραπάνω.
Η πλοκή εξελίσσεται γύρω από την πραγματική ιστορία της ίδιας της συγγραφέως,παρουσιάζοντας μας τη ζωή της από τα
It's hard not to want to compare this to Maus, which is the only other graphic novel I have read. They are both memoirs about a time of war and persecution. Both had a balance of making you want to laugh and cry in equal measures.

Persepolis tells the true story of a child's experience of growing up through the revolution and then through wartime in Iran.

In the present day we associate words such as fundamentalism and terrorism with countries such as Iran and are presented with a rather one sid
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Feb 23, 2013 Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone ever
Recommended to Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* by: My professor I guess, because it was required for my class
I had been meaning to read this book for years. I think the first time I heard of it was when the movie came out (which I still need to see), and everyone was raving about it, etc. And I soon found out that it was based on this graphic novel (or, from what I've heard, Marjane Satrapi prefers the term "comic book"). So, since I tend to always read the book before seeing the movie, I intended to read this. In fact, I'm pretty sure it was one of the very first books I added to my "to-read" list her ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Marjane Satrapi lived in Iran before, during, and after the cultural revolution in Iran. Here, she sets down her memories of what life was like for a child during that time.

I just read Art Spiegelman’s Maus about a month ago and loved it. I thought I would go ahead and give this other highly-acclaimed graphic novel/memoir a try. I enjoyed it, if that’s the correct word, but it didn’t affect me quite the same way Maus did. I’m not too sure why. Maybe it’s because I know more about WWII than I d
Elle Rose
An amazing story about a young girl growing up during the Iranian revolution. Its a great read if you are looking for an easy graphic novel to read. The book is a true, historical fiction graphic novel and there are some seems that are hard to read about but this is a book I think everyone should read to understand more of our history and gain a new perspective.
Nov 02, 2009 Charity rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Charity by: Nick Hornby
Wow! This was my very first graphic, what do you call them when they are nonfiction? Graphic memoir? Illustrated nonfiction? Memoir in storyboard form? Anyway, I was absolutely blown away (and that is soooo not meant to be a pun)!! Despite the horrific subject matter and often graphic (again, no pun intended) violence depicted, it was engaging, endearing, and surprisingly relatable (considering I'm a spoiled brat from the U.S. and not involved in anything remotely resembling a revol ...more
Nada Elfeituri
I'm torn between loving and hating this book. On the one hand, the protagonist is hard to dislike. Spunky, opinionated and full of life, reading about the revolution and life in Iran through Marji's eyes is very enjoyable.
It's also a bitter-sweet experience for me, having lived through a revolution in my own country and seeing the strong parallels. Our revolution was not unique or special in terms of historical uprisings, even though that's how it felt to me. The ideological struggles, the mass
Dc Burney
By Marjane Satrapi
I have recently read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Persepolis is a graphic novel about the author’s childhood. It shows how the government changes the way people view situations and how elders change the way their children view situations.
Marjane Satrapi (Marji for short) and her family live in Iran where there was a dictatorship and many unfair laws. This environment created a difficult situation for her parents. Is it better for a parent to let their children fig
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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.

Satrapi grew up in Tehran in a family which was involved with communist and socialist movements in Iran prior to the Iranian Revolution. She a
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Persepolis (4 books)
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  • Persepolis, Volume 2 (Persepolis, #2)
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“In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance... Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself.” 441 likes
“One can forgive but one should never forget.” 85 likes
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