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Nylon Road by Parsua Bashi
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Mar 19, 10

bookshelves: iran, middle-east, autobiography, graphic-novel, coming-of-age
Read in March, 2010

Following in the footsteps of "Persepolis," Bashi recounts her childhood during the Iranian Revolution. Having emigrated to Switzerland, she is busy making new friends, learning the language and adjusting to her newfound freedom as an independent woman. One day Bashi discovers a small girl in her kitchen, and realizes it’s actually herself as a small girl. Throughout the story she is visited by multiple apparitions of herself, in various stages from adolescence through young adulthood. They remind her of where she came from, how she formed her political opinions, and how easily she's forgotten the challenges of life under Shiite rule. They also like to ridicule her for her mistakes, including a poorly planned marriage, and losing custody of her daughter. Bashi offers a charismatic look at the limitations on women’s individual rights in the Middle East. Creative and poignant illustrations and story boards.
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