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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
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Paperback, 153 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Pantheon (first published 2000)
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Anne
Nov 08, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing
I knew a little about Iran. Not much, but a little. I knew it had been through a lot of changes, and that most of those changes had been steps backward when it came to personal freedom.
Here's a cool little 1 minute video that gives you a visual look at some of the changes in style, if you're interested.

Alright. What I didn't know was the hows and whys. And to be honest, it never occurred to me to delve much deeper.
There was a revolution, some religious nutters took over, and then everyone start
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Natalie
Sep 14, 2016 Natalie rated it really liked it
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Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It was an eye-opening, heartbreaking and thought provoking book— I had many thoughts and feelings while reading, so much so that I had to put it down multiple times to take a breather.

I was in a haze for a very long time after finishing it— and I kept questioning everything in my surroundings.

Here are some instances that made me put down the book and think for a while (they contain *spoilers*):

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Bookshop
Jul 29, 2007 Bookshop rated it it was amazing
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
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Afshar
Jun 07, 2016 Afshar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Afshar by: Neda
من واقعا نمی دانستم چگونه باید با حجاب کنار بیایم. از طرفی در جامعه ی مذهبی زندگی می کردم و از طرف دیگر خانواده ام خیلی مدرن و پیش رو بودند
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در جامعه ما، بارها زنان بخاطر پوشششان مورد خشونت قرار می گیرند. و خیلی از زنان لباس هایی می پوشند که اگر آزاد بودند آنها را نمی پوشیدند. وقتی از علت این تبعیض اجتماعی بر علیه زن پرسیده می شود معمولا پاسخ می دهند: چون زن بی حجاب باعث تحریک مردان می شود
هروقت این جواب را می شنوم یاد شعر معروفی از سیمین دانشور می افتم

!باید باکره باشى، باید پاک باشى
!براى آسایش خاط
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Of all the banned books I’ve read over the years, THIS one might be the one that I really can’t figure out a reason for banning. There have been some selections that my children aren’t quite old enough to read or fully understand, but they are still tiny humans. In a couple of years I’ll gladly let them peruse my bookshelves and read whatever all of the nutters tell them not to. It was thinking of those nutters that left me shaking my
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Pramod Nair
Jul 18, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it really liked it
“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
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Giulia (Jun)
4.5 stars

I went into Persepolis with all the ignorance of an European girl born in the '90s. With all the ignorance of someone who sees war and conflict from afar, who is been used to being safe her whole life - because war just doesn't happen around here. Because we may send our soldiers to fight, but it's always somewhere else.

Things are changing. I don't feel that safe anymore. And in a time of fear and escalating paranoia, when people all around me murmur and whisper that they're all terror
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Paul Bryant
Dec 14, 2009 Paul Bryant rated it liked it
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
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Mohammed Arabey
A story about a very sweet lovable rebellious young girl from Iran..

No, sorry..it's a story of a free family under tyrant rule..
A story of once great country,Kingdom that retreat 1000 years back.

Marjane has dreams..
Dreams of Good life, Good deed, equality, prospect, freedom.
Then came the revolution which call for all that. To down the coup tyrant government.
But alas, the revolution got its own coup, named after a way-better-than-this-religion..even more tyrant..
Why - for me,as Egyptian- all thi
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Tatiana
"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
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Roya
Mar 19, 2015 Roya rated it really liked it
Shelves: okay
I HATE ALL OF THESE DEPRESSING IRANIAN ENDINGS. Ugh. So irritating. Review to come.

EDIT:

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
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Forrest
Dec 15, 2012 Forrest rated it really liked it
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
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drbarb
May 15, 2007 drbarb rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Melissa Martin
Dec 06, 2015 Melissa Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
I thought this book was very sad, I felt sorry how Marjane had to grow up.

I'm going to link this to a friends review that can tell it better :)

Anne's Review
Abeer
Extremely clever and genuine book about a young middle eastern woman going through an oppressive misogynistic extremist regime, something I relate to a lot. It gives me strength and hope and makes me love and relate to people I, as a person who grew up in sunni saudi arabia, was always told were enemies or at least people who don't wish us well, that's the picture that's been painted. luckily i was introduced to irani art pretty early on, particularly cinema, so I've felt nothing but admiration ...more
Carmen
Mar 28, 2016 Carmen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is a good book. Satrapi writes with a powerful voice. One can easily imagine her childhood and early life. Many times I do not enjoy graphic novels because I think they are weak and poorly-written, relying on pictures to tell a story and not utilizing good dialogue and text. That is not the case here. Satrapi's unique illustrations make the Iran of her youth come to life. Many difficult and painful issues are dealt with in this book: torture, death, martyrdom, etc. Instead of cheapening the ...more
Maryam Shahriari
مرجان ساتراپی خاطراتش از ایران قبل و بعد از انقلاب رو در این کتاب روایت کرده و به تصویر کشیده. در اون دوره مرجان نوجوان بوده و روایتها مال حدود تا سالگی اونه. به همین خاطر مسائلی که بیشتر بهش پرداخته شده در حد مسائلی هست که بچهای در اون سن براش مهمه و درک میکنه. مثل تغییر حجاب و گشتهای حجاب، محدودیت توی خوردن شراب، جنگ و ترس از بمباران و بعد هجوم جنوبیها به شهرهای شمالی و... یه جاهایی درباره نوع عقایدی که هم درباره گروههای چپ و راست میشنیده و در حد فهم خودش چیزی نوشته، ولی خیلی کمه.

اما چی شد
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Paul Capps
Persepolis takes advantage of the graphic novel format like few books have before. This could have easily been a written memoir, about a young girl’s life in Iran, but it would lose something special. The graphic novel format of Persepolis gives it an innocence that resonates with the story. It helps to deliver the story as seen through the eyes of a child. Not to mention how accessible it makes it to a wide range of ages.

Persepolis is the story of the author and artist, Marjane Satrapi, growin
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Jessica
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
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Nojood Alsudairi
Dec 26, 2007 Nojood Alsudairi rated it it was amazing
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
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Samadrita
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
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Jason
Jan 20, 2008 Jason rated it it was amazing
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
Mohammadjavad Abbasi
Mar 18, 2016 Mohammadjavad Abbasi rated it it was amazing
این رمان کمیک به شیوه اتوبیوگرافی بوده و شخصیت اصلی رمان که راوی داستان است، دختری ایرانی است به نام مرجان. مرجان دختری است که در جریان انقلاب ایران و بحران جنگ ایران و عراق به تشویق خانواده از کشور خارج شده و به اتریش میرود.این کتابها روایت جنگ و بحرانهای مذهبی و سنتی جامعه ایران و حوادث انقلاب و جنگ هستند و تاریخ دههٔ بعد از جنگ ایران را از دید وی بیان میکنند

میخواستم کتاب را نقد کنم که چرا چنین تصویری از ایران به دست داده است بویژه وقتی از خاطرات مدرسه و ناراضی بودن از حجاب سخن میگفت اما بعد
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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.
Richard Derus
Dec 03, 2011 Richard Derus rated it liked it
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
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Hanieh Habibi
Jul 13, 2016 Hanieh Habibi rated it it was amazing
برای منی که در خانوادهی مذهبی بزرگ شدم، این کتاب یه جورایی آن روی سکه است :)

قصهی همیشه تکرار
رفتن و رفتن و رفتن..
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Raha Shirley
Aug 26, 2016 Raha Shirley rated it really liked it
پرسپولیس : داستان یک کودکی

این کتاب خاطرات مصور مرجان ساتراپی در دوران قبل و بعد از انقلاب و جنگ هشت ساله ایران-عراق است. کتاب خیلی ساده و دقیقا به زبان کودکی ده ساله – که به مرور بزرگتر می شود – بیان شده، که بنظر من یکی از نقاط قوت این کتاب است. مرجانِ ده ساله جبهه گیری نمی کند فقط آن چه را شاهدش بوده تعریف میکند.



مرجان ساتراپی در این کتاب اتفاقات قبل و بعد انقلاب و جنگ تحمیلی را متفاوت از آن چه تاکنون شنیده و دیده ایم بیان میکند. درستی و دروغش را هم خودش میداند و بس.

مرجان دختری ده ساله در دل ان
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Feb 23, 2013 Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* rated it it was amazing
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
Corinne
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
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میعاد
Jun 15, 2016 میعاد rated it liked it
در زندگى با آدمهاى احمق زيادى سروكله خواهى زد ،اگر آنها به تو آسيب رساندند به حساب حماقتشان بگذار،چون هيچ چيز مانند كينه و انتقام جويى بد نيست! هميشه وقار خودت را حفظ كن و با خودت صادق باش...
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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)
  • Persepolis, Volume 1
  • Persepolis, Volume 2
  • Persepolis, Volume 3
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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.” 543 likes
“One can forgive but one should never forget.” 139 likes
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