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A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller

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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Lacey I was assigned this book in an English class in high school, so I would imagine yes. If I remember correctly.. there is some nudity at one point. But…moreI was assigned this book in an English class in high school, so I would imagine yes. If I remember correctly.. there is some nudity at one point. But most teens know that genitals exist....(less)
Kevin Wright While the original French series was published in 4 volumes, the Pantheon English translation is only 2 volumes. Pantheon combined volumes 1 & 2…moreWhile the original French series was published in 4 volumes, the Pantheon English translation is only 2 volumes. Pantheon combined volumes 1 & 2 in book 1 and volumes 3 & 4 in book 2. Now the whole thing is available as a single volume, called The Complete Persepolis.(less)

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Anne
Oct 02, 2015 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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Nat
Jun 13, 2016 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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Elyse Walters
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The little red book cover to “Persepolis”, has been sketched in my mind for years...as clearly as a mental visual of the ‘Jack-in-the-box’ logo. ( I don’t eat there - but it’s pretty hard to not have an immediate visual memory of what their basic logo looks like).
I’ve no excuse for not reading this sooner. I don’t even have a resistance to worthy graphic memoirs. So - no excuse here! I never saw the film either.

I don’t think I need to share specifics about Marjane Satrapi’s autobiography in it
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Bookshop
Jul 29, 2007 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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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 th
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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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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Lia
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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Pramod Nair
Jun 08, 2015 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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Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!
So in an effort to diversify my reading (aka read something other than romance for once) I joined the Goodreads group Our Shared Shelf, a feminist book club run by Emma Watson. With the recent political climate in the US, I wanted a way to expand my mind and find other readers to relate to. I highly recommend this group, and while I am more of a lurker than a discusser, it’s a lot of fun and great to be surrounded by intelligent, like-minded people.

Persepolis is a book this group read
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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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Paul Bryant
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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Forrest
Dec 15, 2012 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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Americans, as a whole, don't really know anything about the Middle East. According to this article, a Roper study conducted during the Iraq War (2006) found that 75% of students could not find Iran on a map (the link they provided was a dead link). I knew a bit about the Islamic Revolution, because I read INSIDE THE KINGDOM: MY LIFE IN SAUDI ARABIA by Carmen Bin Ladin, who was half-Persian and grew up in Iran at this time, but still, the ex
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Roya
May 27, 2014 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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Rebecca McNutt
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I've wondered about reading Persepolis for a number of years now (I saw the film trailer back in high school). Finally I ordered a copy and it's a shocking account of extremism and the toll it takes on families and friendships, but more than that it's also a brilliant coming-of-age tale about maturity, expression and individuality. It's also an interesting shift in character from the eyes of a daring and innocent child to that of a teenager marred by death, politics and religion gone corrupt. Op
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I always feel a little silly and, well, superfluous adding my voice to years of praise for a well-loved work like Persepolis but in this case I can hardly help it. I absolutely adored this insightful, enchanting book. In Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi tells the story of her girlhood and adolescence in revolutionary Iran in a way that is immediately accessible and recognizable, even if you grew up in a totally different decade and on a different continent. There’s a warmth and frankness to her way o ...more
Erin
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
One can forgive but one should never forget.

Graphic novel that details the author's experiences during the Iranian Revolution. Quite an emotional read!
drbarb
May 15, 2007 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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Carmen
Dec 07, 2013 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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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 :)

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Lisa
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A unique and enlightening coming-of-age graphic memoir set in Iran, and weighted with high-contrast illustrations that transport us to another time and place.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

SUMMARY
Marjane Satrapi is the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperor‘s, and her parents are committed Marxist’s. PERSEPOLIS is her childhood memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Black-and-white comic strip images tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen and allow us to learn as s
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Abeer Abdullah
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
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
I've now read this book three times. And every single time I remember something I'd forgotten or I get something new out of it. I read it this time because I wanted to read it's sequel and felt like a brush-up of book one would certainly be in order.

This book is so good, guys. It is one of the best (if not THE best) graphic novels I've ever read. Marjane Satrapi's voice is so strong and important, and down to earth and hysterically funny. She relates the goings-on in a very tumultuous time in hi
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Jaya
I didn't appreciate this book as much, 12 years back when I read it for the first time, than I do it now. History has an uncanny way of manifesting itself, in our day to day lives. It's not even funny.
Maryam Shahriari
مرجان ساتراپی خاطراتش از ایران قبل و بعد از انقلاب ۵۷ رو در این کتاب روایت کرده و به تصویر کشیده. در اون دوره مرجان نوجوان بوده و روایتها مال حدود ۱۳ تا ۱۶ 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
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Sara M. Abudahab
A graphic novel describing how it was like growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran, it was nice and I might give it another try soon.
Nojood Alsudairi
Nov 30, 2007 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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Richard Derus
Dec 03, 2011 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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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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Anna Kander
Twenty pages in and... wow. This beautiful book is bringing back memories and putting them in new context...

My first best friend, when I was still learning to read, was from Iran. Her parents fled the 1979 Revolution, literally in the middle of the night. They wanted more for their daughters.

My friend's mom was a doctor, and before they fled, the hospital where she'd worked had stopped letting her work, because she was a woman.

At the time, I was too young to understand any of that. What I reme
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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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Other books in the series

Persepolis (4 books)
  • Persepolis, Volume 1
  • Persepolis, Volume 2
  • Persepolis, Volume 3
  • Persepolis, Volume 4
“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.” 748 likes
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