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The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis #1-4)

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  69,389 Ratings  ·  4,763 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 2003)
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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
Sep 04, 2016 Alejandro rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece of graphic novels

This edition as the name indicates, collects the complete run of “Persepolis”.

Creative Team:

Creator, Writer & Illustrator: Marjane Satrapi


I remember the days when we traveled around Europe, it was enough to carry an Iranian passport. They rolled out the red carpet. We were rich before. Now as soon as they learn our nationality, they go through everything, as though we were all terrorists. They treat us as though we have the plague.

Mohammed Arabey
Jan 10, 2017 Mohammed Arabey rated it really liked it
ألا يسقط يسقط الانقلابات العسكرية التي تنقلب لفاشية ديكتاتورية؟
ألا يسقط يسقط الأنقلابات الملزقة بالأسلام "الأديان" التي تنقلب لفاشية ديكتاتورية؟
ألا تسقط تسقط الفاشية الديكتاتورية؟

هذا كان حال مرجان سترابي، فتاة صغيرة من أيران في 1979 وقصة عائلتها

وهي تتعلم تاريخ انقلاب الخمسينات..صعود الشاه..ثم ثورة الحرية العدالة الاجتماعية التي تحولت الي ثورة"إسلامية" ثم حكم فاشي ديكتاتوري
"الثـورة الإيرانيـة"

لماذا كل هذا يبدو متشابها؟ لماذا اشعر بكل هذا الديجا فو؟
التاريخ فعلا له وسائله المعقدة ليعيد نفسه...في اي
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
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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
I learnt so much reading this!

Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:
- 41. A book about a major world event (The Islamic Revolution)
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
Nandakishore Varma
Aug 20, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Books such as this and The Complete Maus remind us how powerful the medium of "comics" is. It is not all Walt Disney and Tom and Jerry, folks.
Emily May
Sep 02, 2016 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
Aug 08, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it
Graphic novel was the perfect medium for this story. I am not saying I would not have enjoyed it if it had been prose, but Satrapi's words and images together drew me in right away and I flew through the story.

This is another important story from a region with lots of important stories to tell. The theme is that we are all people even though we are often defined by our government, media, religion, etc. We cannot truly know who someone is without meeting them in person. It is also interesting to
Sem dúvida uma experiência diferente da primeira leitura. Vou ter que pensar melhor na classificação e escrever uma nova opinião. Ou revisão da opinião

1ª Opinião. *a ser revista*
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
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
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
Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
Jul 19, 2016 Maddie (Heart Full Of Books) rated it really liked it
Shelves: university
First full book of the BookTubeAThon! Woo! This was so great, oh my goodness, addicting and educational with so many ups and downs. It was hard to believe that it was Marjane's actual life and not fiction!
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 22, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful graphic novel that's not only a memoir, but also a history and cultural lesson. It's also a story about family and parental love, especially when it means letting go of a child and literally pushing her out of the nest for her own safety. It's an honest account of a young girl coming of age in Iran beginning in the early 1980's and advancing into the 1990's when the author left her country to make a life outside it. It's an insider's look at what many people might have certai ...more
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 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.
Raoofa Ibrahim
Aug 27, 2016 Raoofa Ibrahim rated it it was amazing
(12:00-5:00)am, 26/8 I finished reading the second half!! My eyes and my brain were about to explode!
ok lets start talking about this incredible book.. if you can tell the recent history of your country using illustrations and from your point of view (nothing fictional) then I can guarantee that the book will be something!

My first impression was: ok it's about Iran and I don't know anything about them excpet they have nuclear power reactor(which I admire) and that Arabs an
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
Jan 14, 2017 Tisha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Okay, I have finally finished this magnificent book and I am really really really glad that I chose this to read. It worth every single second of my time.

Marjane Satrapi, the author has presented her childhood to adulthood here as a graphic novel. But it must not be confused with any comic or a mere book with cartoons! This is something powerful, something really powerful.

There is a line-

“War always takes you by surprise.”

Yeah, true. For a girl of twelve, religious rebellions are nothing bu
Persepolis is, by far, my favourite Our Shared Shelf recommended book to date. Truly captivating, touching and thought-provoking.

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
Jul 24, 2016 Peggy_Sue rated it it was amazing
Την ιστορία της Marji καθώς και της πολυπαθούς πατρίδας της, του Ιράν, θα τη θυμάμαι για πάντα και θα προτρέπω όποιον ξέρω να την μάθει κι αυτός. Ειδικά τώρα! Ειδικά στις εποχές που ζούμε είναι πιο επίκαιρη από ποτέ! Κάντε μου λοιπόν τη χάρη και διαβάστε αυτό το graphic novel! Αξίζει!

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Bee (Heart Full of Books)
Adored the first part so much. Entertaining and educational!
Aug 16, 2016 Roberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Bisogna gridare sempre più forte dell'aggressore

Questa graphic novel, scritta dall'iraniana Marjane Satrapi, descrive la vita dell'autrice, che ha vissuto in prima persona la caduta della monarchia e dello Scià e l'instaurarsi della rivoluzione islamica e fondamentalista.

Decisamente interessante questo viaggio che Marjane ci fa intraprendere; raccontandoci la sua durissima storia personale fatta di quotidianità, ci introduce in modo a volte ironico e a volte drammatico agli accadimenti storici d
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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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“It's fear that makes us lose our conscience. It's also what transforms us into cowards.” 195 likes
“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 liveable?
What's going on in the political prisons?”
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