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(Persepolis #1)

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Première bande dessinée issue de l'Iran, Persepolis de Marjane Satrapi a été la révélation que l'on sait. La chute du Shah, la révolution islamique et l'exil vécus par une fillette de dix ans, qui choisit vingt ans plus tard la bande dessinée pour livrer son histoire. ...more
Paperback, 76 pages
Published 2000 by L'Association
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Michael Finocchiaro
I remember when this came out here in Paris and the fantastic wave of publicity it got. And deservedly so. It is a fantastic account of life during the Iranian Revolution and afterwards as Satrapi is a refugee. I happen to have a friend that is also named Marjan who told me that Satrapi's story was almost identical to hers in terms of her feelings of sadness and alienation and loss after leaving Iran and seeing it devolve into a perverted theocracy of terrorism. The entire series is excellent as ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Persepolis, Volume 1, Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis is a graphic autobiography by Marjane Satrapi that depicts her childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. The title is a reference to the ancient capital of the Persian Empire, Persepolis. Newsweek ranked the book #5 on its list of the ten best non-fiction books of the decade. Originally published in French, it has been translated into several languages including English. French comics publisher L'Associa
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I bought Persepolis at a yard sale in 2014; it came signed:

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(This was the first signed book I ever owned. Also, note how vertical Marjane's signature is.)

The book looked brand new but sold for just $.25. Why get a book signed and then sell it for so little? Surely there's a story here that I'll never know.

Anyway, at the same yard sale, I also bought this:
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It's an old board game with a noir style where players work together to solve a crime. It's a cross between Monopoly, Clue and Arkh
Dave Schaafsma
Read this time for my Graphic Novels class with memoir work by her and Alison Bechdel and Corinne Mucha. This is deceptively good, in that it is a graphic memoir from the perspective of a woman looking back at her life as a young girl during the Iranian Revolution, in 1979. Why deceptive? Because it's in the form of a slightly cartoony comic book that one could mistake for trivial, at a glance. It's not in the least bit trivial. It's interesting to read this during the time of the continuing 201 ...more
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at the Islamic Revolution in Iran during the late 70s/early 80s, as seen through the eyes of a young Marjane Satrapi. She's a precocious and inquisitive girl living in a tumultuous time. I loved the black-and-white drawings in this graphic novel; the artwork could be understated and haunting at the same time, from everyday situations at school to graphic images of torture and war. As the new ruling party fundamentalists begin forcing citizens to conform to a more rigid code of ...more
Jun 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
I haven't seen the award-winning animated film by the same name, and my knowledge of Iranian history is somewhat spotty, but I knew that this would not be a light-hearted narrative, and I was right. It's a graphic novel account of Satrapi's childhood in Iran during the Islamic revolution and war with Iraq. She comes of age, wishing to express herself through her clothing choices, music, and words, at the same time that restrictions become the most intense. Set in a backdrop of arrests, execution ...more
Wonderful! An excellent portration of the revolution in Iran. It's not a revolution that I know a ton about so it was great to see it from this perspective. This volume was sad but also heart warming at times and Satrapi has a fantastic way of telling her story through comic book form. Personal yet full of important information and very unique. Higly recommend! ...more
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Never thought a graphic novel would make me cry but it did.
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: budding revolutionaries
Recommended to Kate by: Rivera

Annotation: In Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi writes about and illustrates her childhood in 1970s and 80s Iran, between the ages of six and fourteen. Her illustrations are heavy line drawings done in the style of comic strips, and their content details her daily life and family history against a dramatic backdrop of the Shah’s regime, the Islamic Revolution, and the war with Iraq. Marjane herself--ever fiery, sharp, outspoken and determined--serves as the protagonist, while supporting characters he
Nicole aka FromReading2Dreaming
An updated review can be found in Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Full review found in The Complete Persepolis
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Very interesting to get to know more about Iran!
Sleeping with Ghosts
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
This kind of stories don't really caught my attention, simply are boring or depressed. Not really interested in waste my time reading it. ...more
Alexia Lazar
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I can't wait to read the sequel! ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found interesst in this book through the book trailer in class.
One thig that impressed me was how the author decided to put a story into a comic book- like theme. This book showed me how even life at it's toughest times come to an end, there is always a bright side to the end of the road. It also shows me that your parents want to do what's best for you, even though you might not agree. "I want to come with you tomorrow" She is a determined girl who fights for what she believes in. Her words s
I've been meaning to read this book since I bought it at a bookstore in Nice when I was a 15-year-old exchange student. I have a French copy and had started reading it multiple times only to give up quickly. This time I picked it up, determined to get through it, and found it actually both easy to read in terms of a language difficulties as well as content-wise.

I've never been a huge fan of graphic novels, but on the other hand there have always been a few I really liked. I'm discovering that t
Carmen Claramunt
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book really opened my eyes up to a new perspective. I think that this should be taught in schools, because it is educational and eye-opening. It’s a wonderful graphic novel with simple, yet detailed and bold drawings. It fully encapsulates the struggle that Iranian women faced, during the Islamic Revolution, and what it was like to grow up one way and suddenly have your life changed drastically, in a powerful way. I think if this had been in written form, rather than as a graphic novel, it ...more
Allegra S
I love graphic novels and learning about history and I feel like this book taught me a lot about what it was like to live through the Islamic Revolution.

I was frustrated at times because I felt like I didn't get the full story on a lot of the issues, and that they left things unresolved. Though, I suppose that's the way that things occur in real life!

The drawing wasn't particularly my style.
Katherine Freedman
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a terrific book. It's a graphic novel/memoir about a girl growing up during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The author uses humor to make some really difficult topics (war, revolution, violence, etc.) easier to digest. Anyone who likes graphic novels will probably love this book. (I'm generally not a huge graphic novel fan, and I loved it!) ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Incredibly sad and disturbing, but a great look at history by someone who lived it. The takeover of Iran and the oppression of the women should be a warning to all free women, american and european, that oppression isn't that far away.
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated, incredibly human story of a girl growing up in Iran during the tumultuous years surrounding 1980. The history and details are fascinating, especially when told through such a personal lens. I read it in two sittings. Now time to read the rest!
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
A really interesting view on the Islamic Revolution. The illustrations were really good! I think I would have liked it better if I used to graphic novels, but this being my first one meant that I had to adjust to the comic like dialogue.
Allan Towns
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. The illustrations are simple but convey a lot of emotion. The narrative doesn't need over complicated drawing. There is so much in the story itself. ...more
Indrani Sen
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, iran
Mindblowing! Outstanding! A memoir. A perspective. A history lesson. And all this in comics form. Superb story-telling and even better illustration. Highly recommending this one.
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
El final
Lila Mullins
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perception of Persepolis

Not being a fan of comics as a youngster, I was skeptical about reading this book for a college assignment. After one minute and one page, I was hooked. Beautifully and simply illustrated, with poignant dialogue that doesn’t miss a beat or waste a word, Satrapi invites us into her secluded but often chaotic and dangerous world of Tehran in the late 1970s-80s. In book 1, we get to know her from age 10 to 14, during the fall of the last Shah of Iran. The history, artistry
Jan 14, 2019 added it
What was the title of the book?

Who was the author of the book?
Marjane Satrapi

What genre was the book?
Graphic Novel/Biography

Who were the main characters in the book?
Marjane and her family

What was the main conflict in the book?
Marjane’s country is on the brink of war with another country

Give a brief summary of the book you completed. Be sure to include the beginning, climax and resolution from the book (if applicable).
Marjane believed she was a prophet as a child but when her uncle
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Marjane Satrapi’s book Persepolis crushes many stereotypes of the Middle East and opens the world’s perspective to what life is really like in Iran. Unfortunately, many Westerners accept the “false truth” painted by the media that Iran is only desert, extremists, patriarchy, and terrorism. Satrapi allows readers to escape these single minded assumptions and learn what life is really like in Iran alongside the story’s protagonist, Marji. Persepolis is a coming of age story, which is brilliant bec ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic account of life during the Iranian Revolution. The before and after in the life a girl who lived and breathed the deaths, persecutions and imprisonments of many of the people she knew.

Since the story starts when she's 10 years old, you can actually notice the naivety of the retelling, just like a 10 year old would tell it. Later, as she grows up, the story becomes more obscure, since she's starting to notice a lot more stuff.

It really is a great story. I thought it would be
Daniela Sylmae
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the way the different points of view are explored, from the author as an adult to her as a child. I also learned quite a bit from reading this, since I admit I know very little of the wars and struggles of the Middle East. The style reminds me very much of Maus in which the topic is heavy and yet well explored. It makes me feel encouraged to keep educating myself on what I don’t know.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
great storytelling, it gives enough details about the cultural context without being too much, and very touching. i want to read the rest now!
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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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