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The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis #1-4)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  87,919 Ratings  ·  6,088 Reviews
Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed graphic memoir.

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 school years
Paperback, 341 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Pantheon Books (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 28, 2012 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
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
Jul 20, 2016 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
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

~Full review ~ 4.5 stars

Things I didn't know before : The Complete Persepolis was originally written in French. Way to feel dumb as shit in the (French) bookstore, I assure you.

Things I know now : Marjane Satrapi, as a French-Iranian, can't enter the US now. But hey, it's for your "security", all that shit.***

*** I just learned that French-Iranian had been authorized to go to the US with a Visa.

Favorite quote from the whole collection : "As time passed, I grew increasingly aware of the contras
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
Oct 17, 2012 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
Mia Nauca
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hace poco leí el cuento de la criada y me pareció un libro de distopía inconcebible en la actualidad. Sin embargo, leer Persépolis me ha abierto muchísimo la mente, para una mujer occidental es fácil olvidar la realidad que se vive en los países como Irán e Iraq que están sometidos a regímenes religiosos extremistas donde las mujeres no tienen ningún derecho. Ni siquiera pueden correr en público, maquillarse, enseñar los tobillos o las muñecas... es que es tan surreal para mi pensar que eso pasa ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Persepolis is a truly amazing graphic novel....
Jul 09, 2008 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
Emily May
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

My first memories of Iraq and Iran consist of mixing the names up, having nothing more than the vague knowledge from television talkers that someone was fighting someone and we, the United States, were fighting everyone. Persia was where my best friend in first grade was from, a place she once told me didn't exist anymore before she changed schools in third grade and we completely lost contact with each other. The intervening years between then and now filled up with reports of war and terr
Nandakishore Varma
Sep 23, 2011 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.
Jan 25, 2008 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
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
Carlos De Eguiluz
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Marjane Satrapi nos cuenta su historia en "Persepolis", una poderosa autobiografía que transmite diversas y profundas emociones; nos introduce a un escenario caótico y dramático pero aún pudiendo tornar su obra depresiva y desolada, evita la victimización por medio del humor y algunas veces, el sarcasmo. Nos narra su perspectiva, y también su ideología que evoluciona constante y progresivamente conforme se avanza en la lectura.

La historia se divide en cuatro partes; la primera nos narra sus años
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satrapi'nin ülkesinin geçmişini (ve bugününü) okudum. Umarım ülkemin geleceğini okumamışımdır.
loved this
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, favoritos
Una de las mejores novelas gráficas que he leído. Pronto os hablaré más de ella en el canal, pero en resumen: me ha encantado, me he reído muchísimo y he aprendido un montón. 100% recomendada. ♥
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Nothing's worse than saying goodbye. It's a little like dying."

My very first graphic memoir and wow… what a read ! Clever, funny and very informative .:). Marjane gives us a glimpse into the day to day life of someone living in an extremely oppressive regime, but she does it with so much humour and satire. I have so much love for her Grandma.I wish she had written a memoir too.

"I have always thought that if women's hair posed so many problems, God would certainly have made us bald."

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1ª Opinião. *a ser revista*
Jul 15, 2016 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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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)
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Persepolis is the memoir of Marjane Satrapi, who grew up in Iran during and after the years of the Iranian Revolution in an affluent middle class family. Given the setting you would expect this graphic novel to cover some seriously heavy subject matter, which it does, but it’s also surprisingly humorous and sprinkled with many light-hearted moments. For a book that deals with such dark themes and refers to so many character deaths, there is a surprising amount of joy to be had from it.

I enjoyed
Adrianne Mathiowetz
Feb 18, 2008 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
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Η Satrapi,ένα κορίτσι της "γενιάς του '79" στο Ιράν,μ' αυτό το λιτό,ασπρόμαυρο comic μας θυμίζει ότι αυτές οι "μικρές" ιστορίες,οι άγραφες,είναι περισσότερο αληθινές από τα βιβλία στείρας,ακαδημαϊκής ιστορίας.Και,τελικά,αυτές οι ιστορίες μόνο "μικρές"δεν είναι.Μας υπενθυμίζει,επίσης,ότι η θρησκεία είναι ο μεγαλύτερος μηχανισμός καταπίεσης ενός κράτους.Σ' αυτό βοηθάνε πολύ και τα μαύρα χρώματα που χρησιμοποιεί.
Συγκινεί η γλυκόπικρη ζωή της Marji,σε κάνει να γελάς κόλας.Σου θυμίζει να είσαι αληθιν
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: excellent
Special and enlightening.

It was delightful to learn about Iran and the Islamic Revolution, something so far away from me, through the eyes of a character to whom I could so easily relate.
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 ۵۷ 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 مانن
Simra S
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Life is too short to be lived badly"

I finished this book in one sitting. I normally don't write reviews but this book is amazingly good and is worth all the hype. It has a lot of humour, compassion and heartbreaks. I absolutely loved Marjane as the little rebellious girl who spoke her mind, as the girl who lost her way and couldn't hold her dignity, as the girl who came back and proved herself, and also as the writer who has written this book so beautifully. To have lived in such oppression th
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
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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.” 269 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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