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The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis #1-4)

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  59,144 Ratings  ·  3,925 Reviews
Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high schoo
Paperback, 341 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Pantheon (first published 2007)
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Mao As an Iranian myself, I have the propensity to be thin-skinned about depictions of Iran in film and books, but I have to say I think the Persepolis…moreAs an Iranian myself, I have the propensity to be thin-skinned about depictions of Iran in film and books, but I have to say I think the Persepolis books were spot on.

They provide a rather accurate depiction of key events that have shaped Iran since the years leading up to the revolution to the present day. Not only are the books historically accurate, but they have succeeded in capturing elements of contemporary Iranian society; personal battles between traditional and modern values, the government's implementation of conservative policies and the resistance of the people, the struggles of the youth of Iran, and the political currents that have polarised society, to name a few.

I believe Marjane Satrapi has skillfully condensed a complex string of events into a readable, concise, entertaining graphic novel, providing a highly accessible means of understanding a generally poorly understood part of the world a little better.(less)
Me There are 2 volumes of 4 parts, volume 1 (red) has parts 1 and 2 (childhood), volume 2 (blue) parts 3 and 4 (adulthood and return)
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Mar 29, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing
I sat down to read a little of this during lunch, and ended up sitting in the restaurant for an hour after I was done eating. Eventually I felt guilty and left, but my plans were shot for the afternoon, as all I could think about was finishing this book.

I wish there were some mechanism on Goodreads to occasionally give a book more than five stars. Something to indicate when you think a book is more than merely excellent. Like for every 100 books you review, you earn the right to give one six-st
Visiting Spain for a conference earlier this month, I impulsively decided to do something about my almost non-existent Spanish. I began by reading the Spanish edition of Le petit prince, which got me started nicely. Now I wanted to try something harder. I had in fact read Persepolis in French not long after it came out, but I remembered very little of it; this would be a proper test of whether I had actually learned anything. I was pleased to find that I could read it! I'm still having to guess ...more

My first memories of Iraq and Iran consist of mixing the names up, having nothing more than the vague knowledge from television talkers that someone was fighting someone and we, the United States, were fighting everyone. Persia was where my best friend in first grade was from, a place she once told me didn't exist anymore before she changed schools in third grade and we completely lost contact with each other. The intervening years between then and now filled up with reports of war and terr
Apr 18, 2014 Rowena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Rowena by: Kirsty
This was brilliant: a graphic novel depicting the coming-of-age of a young Iranian girl living in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, who is eventually sent to live in Austria for 4 years for her safety. It shows the horrors of living in a war-torn nation, as well as how terrifying it must be to live in a country run by religious fundamentalists/fanatics. The Muslim leaders recruited 14 year old boys in the war effort, closed down schools, targeted intelligent people and women wearing jeans and ...more
Jan 25, 2008 Sara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of memoir
One of the things I loved about this book was Marjane's very individual voice and how it transformed from the start of the book when she is 10 to the end, when she is 22. Ten-year-old Marjane, by the way, is about the most awesome kid I have encountered in print. She reminded me of Harper Lee's Scout, except Marjane was cuter and more hilarious. Also, more political.

Most readers are unlikely to be really conversant in 20th Iranian political history and it is absolutely fascinating to be introduc
Jul 10, 2008 Casey rated it it was ok
Ugh. I am deeply ambivalent. First, I found the political side fascinating. If you're interested in Iran's history, the graphic novel format is really accessible. However, I really disliked Marjane. I feel a little guilty about this, as she's a real person. While she and her family were proud that she was outspoken, I found her rude and obnoxious. They believed she was raised to be "free." I certainly appreciate their hugely liberal views in such a repressive environment, but their version of "f ...more
Adrianne Mathiowetz
Mar 02, 2008 Adrianne Mathiowetz rated it really liked it
Recommended to Adrianne by: Book club
A question I heard a lot while I was reading this book was "how does it compare with Maus?" -- and if I were to answer that question, I would say, I suppose, that I thought that Maus was more compelling, with more classically heroic characters, detailed, careful artwork (and-I-mean-come-ON it was about the holocaust, haven't we all agreed that's the official trump card?) -- but I'm not sure that it actually makes much sense to compare this book with Maus. Sure, they're both graphic novels whose ...more
Sercan Vatansever
İdeolojik yapının nasıl değiştirilebileceğini, bir ülkede yönetimi halkın hiçbir şeye karışmasına fırsat vermeden sadece devlete bırakmanın ne demek olduğunu, erkek egemen toplumun insan hayatına karışmasının sonucunda nelerin kısıtlanacağını, bu kısıtlamalar doğrultusunda sanatın nasıl yok olacağını, din diye tutturup dini en çok suistimal edenlerin pisliklerini ve din ile toplumun nasıl uyutulabileceğini, başkalarının düşüncelerine, yaşam biçimine ve tercihlerine saygının ne kadar önemli olduğ ...more
Parthiban Sekar
I am afraid that I might not be able to tell anything good or great from my limited knowledge of what-went-wrong or what-kept-her-going. Is it the oil which once was a natural resource? Is it her-smoking-cigarette? Is it her hooded-veil? Is it the never-ending war? Is it her make-up? Is it her defiance?

Here it is, I think that it is more appropriate that you hear from someone who knows more:

Elham's review of The Complete Persepolis
4.5 stars - Spoilers

-Brilliant, this was so much more than what I expected. I knew I'd enjoy Persepolis but I had no idea that I'd find a story about a girl (Marji) growing up in Iran at the time of the Islamic Revolution so immersive, gripping, relatable and moving. It was simple yet powerful.

-Marji's struggles in Iran were portrayed so well, I believed everything I was reading. One of the main issues I have with fact based or autobiographical novels is that I always feel things are exaggerated
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jul 18, 2008 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it it was amazing
Originally published in France in four separate volumes, and later in the US in two, The Complete Persepolis brings them all together for the first time. It is the story of the author's youth, growing up in revolutionary Iran before moving to Austria at 14, and then later returning to Iran before escaping again, this time to France, where she still lives.

Her story is both familiar and alien - a story of being a child enjoying her childhood during the revolution of '79, and how it impacted on her
Apr 26, 2009 new_user rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I think this is will be more response than review. Satrapi's Persepolis fulfills its purpose as a memoir, but I will tell you right from the start, that it is indeed overhyped, particularly if you have read the rave critical reviews. Perhaps, since the field of graphic novels as memoirs is relatively new, a work like this could be called ground-breaking. Persepolis as a memoir is an interesting read. I say this only as a result of having read Part Two of this book, The Story of a Return . If I ...more
May 19, 2014 Eve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, read-2014
I remember renting a copy of the film adaptation of this graphic novel back in 2005, and really enjoying it. The bonus footage featured an interview with Satrapi, and I remember admiring her fortitude and outspokeness, even as a child.

In all honesty though, the film didn't move me as much as the book did. It spoke volumes, and I came away with an appreciation for Satrapi, her strong and supportive family, and the nostalgic love she has for her country and its people. With so much propaganda that
Apr 28, 2015 Jenny rated it really liked it
It's touching, brutal, strange, foreign and very real. I think the most interesting part about this book is that you can feel the one-side-ness of the narration due to the singular perspective.
Emily May
Dec 30, 2013 Emily May rated it really liked it
I keep promising to write a full review for this but never get around to it. Basically, I read Persepolis for my Gendered Communities course and I think it's one of those rare reads that actually gets better when you study it for the historical, cultural and political context. There are depressingly few Middle Eastern women whose books are read on a large scale so the insight which Persepolis offers into this part of Iran's history is very important. It offers a perspective we don't get to see t ...more
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، موضوع اصلی این کتاب، واژهٔ بی مفهوم و توهین آمیز و احمقانهٔ «حجاب» است... و سختی ها و مشکلاتِ دختران و زنانِ ایرانی در این سرزمین را بخصوص از بعد از سال در قالبِ خاطراتِ «مرجان ساتراپی» و به صورت نقاشیِ سیاه و سفید بیان نموده است
دختر بچه ای که از کودکی در مدرسه و جامعه به دلیل اینکه جنس زن است، از بسیاری از حقوقِ انسانیش محروم شده است و مجبور است از کودکی کفنِ سیاه به سر داشته باشد.... و پدر و مادرش تصمیم میگیرند در سن نوجوانی او را به خارج از کشور بفرستند تا بلکه بتواند مانندِ
Rebecca T
Dec 14, 2014 Rebecca T rated it it was amazing
I finish this amazing book with two thoughts lingering in my brain.
1. Holy shit that was a wild ride.
2. Marjane and Malala should have coffee some time.

Persepolis is the captivating story of Marjane Satrapi's childhood and young adulthood. It is her transformation from a precocious young girl to a struggling teen, and lastly into a well adjusted, headstrong woman. It is beautiful and completely inspiring.

Not only was the novel entertaining, but it was vastly educational. Not only on Iran's poli
Jan 14, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it
3 and 1/2 stars

I enjoyed this, especially appreciating its outspokenness, but I feel the beginning is much stronger than the later sections. I could have also used some more explanations, particularly with the timeline of her early schooling in Iran.

I liked the illustrations, which fittingly change somewhat as Marjane grows up, but I felt at a remove with some of her later actions. Perhaps there is a bit too much mocking by the adult writer of her younger self; or perhaps it's because I recentl
Initial thoughts:

1. Loved the historical background to this foreign country.
2. Marjane's life and her love/hate-relationship with the country is almost palpable.
3. Brutal and honest.
4. The parents are such a lovely couple. People I would love to meet up with and just talk about all and everything.
5. The drawings were simple in black and white, yet they were so powerful in its meaning.

Check out my full review on my blog!
Dec 29, 2015 Abdulrahman rated it it was amazing
Powerful, eye opening, funny, and sadly very relatable.
Nov 20, 2008 Manny rated it it was amazing

The best graphic novel I have read... not unreasonable to compare with Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, which I am pretty sure influenced it. Also very illuminating about what it's like to live in Iran. Terrific book. The film, which Satrapi also worked on, is just as good.
Aug 24, 2015 Nikki rated it really liked it
I’ve been meaning to read this one for ages; I first picked it up around when I got Fun Home (Alison Bechdel) and Maus (Art Spiegelman), but it takes time to get round to reading an autobiographical graphic novel, for me. It’s a different kind of reading, and for some reason it always takes way more of my attention than ordinary comics or ordinary non-fiction.

I think the first half, depicting Satrapi’s childhood, is actually the best part. The way the art compliments her childhood naivety, the p
Oct 10, 2015 Negativni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uvijek mi je nekako lakše pisati o onome što mi se nije svidjelo nego o nečemu što me oduševilo. Tako me je završetak Transmetropolitan serijala toliko razočarao da sam zbog njega i počeo pisati osvrte.

Za Perzepolis tražim prave riječi i pokušavam ga opisati zanimljivije od samo redanja superlativa.

Uglavnom oduševio sam se i čitao sam ga sa zanimanjem koje me rijetko drži od početka do kraja i pročitao bi ga odjednom da sam samo imao vremena.

Stripovima rijetko dajem ocjenu 5/5 - samo onima koji
Feb 29, 2016 Marianthi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow. This story hit too close to home.
Sarah (Starry Night Reader)
Amazing!!! I was laughing one minute and crying the next... all in the course of one page. Being in graphic novel form just made this story more powerful. Marjane Satrapi is a great storyteller.
Abduraafi Andrian
Jan 18, 2016 Abduraafi Andrian rated it liked it
Shelves: english, non-fiction, 2016
Sebuah memoar tentang kehidupan penulis sejak ia berumur 12 tahun hingga 24 tahun. Penuh dengan pemikiran-pemikiran kritis tentang menjadi "bebas" dalam kungkungan perang Iran. Bagaimana penulis membuat hidupnya begitu rumit sampai ia harus pergi ke Austria.

Sarkasme dan lelucon-lelucon juga banyak dimunculkan. Tapi, aku tidak mendapatkan sesuatu yang begitu inspirasional dari buku ini. Hanya pendapat seseorang dalam menyikapi pemerintahan yang menginginkan negaranya menjadi negara Islam. Konklus
Crystal Starr Light
Jun 17, 2013 Crystal Starr Light rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Crystal Starr Light by: Ferdy
"Persepolis" is the autobiography of Marjane Satrapi, a young Iranian girl living in Tehran. She was a middle-class only child and had your typical childhood dramas. But she also had to deal with the oppressive Iranian Revolution and Islamic Regime. Eventually her parents sent her away to Europe - and then she had to figure out who she was, a foreigner in a foreign land.

Way back when I lost my job, I found myself going to my library (it was within walking distance) and checking out a lot of movi
May 31, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
I try to refrain from reading the reviews of books I am near finished with or books I have finished but not yet made any final decisions towards, to involve rating or writing a review or commenting in any way. But this book left me feeling something rather iffy. I could not quite place my finger as to why I was not wholly sucked into the story, why I never fully connected with Satrapi. Then I read new_user's review and was suddenly able to smash my finger on what was bothering me. So, instead of ...more
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L'umanità, il dolore, la desolazione, l'amore, la famiglia, la perdita.. Marji, you had me at hello
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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, #1)
  • Persepolis, Volume 2 (Persepolis, #2)
  • Persepolis, Volume 3 (Persepolis, #3)
  • Persepolis, Volume 4 (Persepolis, #4)

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“The regime had understood that one person leaving her house while asking herself:
Are my trousers long enough?'
Is my veil in place?'
Can my make-up be seen?'
Are they going to whip me?'

No longer asks herself:

Where is my freedom of thought?'
Where is my freedom of speech?'
My life, is it livable?'
What's going on in the political prisons?”
“It's fear that makes us lose our conscience. It's also what transforms us into cowards.” 143 likes
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