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The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
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A graphic novel memoir, "The Complete Persepolis" is Marjane Satrapi's tale of growing up in Iran during the cultural revolution. Satrapi's story is comprised of both her personal struggle and the collective struggle of Iranians under fundamentalist Islamic rule. With an often witty, but very authentic voice, Satrapi's words and illustrations portray the confusion, anger and utter despair felt by her, her family and fellow Iranians. The divide between the public and private lives of Iranians are depicted in both the broader sense and the through Satrapi's own coming-of-age. In addition, the view of Iranians in other countries, including rampant racism and assumptions are addressed, particularly when Satrapi leaves Iran at the age of fourteen, spending the rest of her adolescence in Austria. Political upheaval is juxtaposed with Satrapi's personal battles and ultimately, we come to find that much of the two struggles hinge upon one another. Family, identity, immigration, assimilation, love, ideologies and religion are just some of the human experiences and subjects Satrapi explores in this rich and honest work. Deeply affecting, this will resonate with people of all cultures.
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