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The Complete Persepolis

(Persepolis #1-4)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  151,081 ratings  ·  9,290 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 bo…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.

Ahmad Sharabiani
The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis #1-4), Marjane Satrapi, Mattias Ripa (Translator Part I), Blake Ferris (Translator Part 2), Anjali Singh (Translator, Parts 3 and 4)

One volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed graphic memoir.

Persepolis is a autobiographical series of comics by Marjane Satrapi that depicts her childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. The title Persepolis is a reference to the ancient capital of the Persian
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
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 contr
how am i slumped so hard i can't read a graphic novel...

i give up. i don't know how to read.


i love to reread books i haven't reviewed yet. it's the closest i can possibly get to assigning myself homework
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
Lucy Langford
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I wanted to be Justice, Love and the Wrath of God all in one.

An incredibly funny, insightful and moving story told through the form of a graphic novel. This book serves as a memoir of the author, Marjane Satrapi. It is about a brave, young woman in 1980's Iran.

This book highlights the struggles that the Iranian people have had to go through. The changes in their culture, the forming of an Islamic Revolution and its aftermath; Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's childhood. It documents t
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
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.3 stars.

This is an exceptionally charming, funny and real account of the Iranian revolution and its aftermath, through the eyes of a young woman who lived through much of it.

I laughed, I cried, I learned things.
This should be required reading. Easily one of the best graphic novels--and books in general--I have ever read. An important look at modern Iranian history, the people caught in the political struggles, and an empowering look at feminism and finding yourself amidst the bombs, oppression, and cultural clashes of the world. Seriously, get this right now. I openly wept at a bar while reading this (while only on my first drink). I love Marjane Satrapi's work so much and I wish I would have come to i ...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
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 first part (The Story of a Childhood) depicts the first fourteen years of her life spent in Iran, while the second part (The Story of a Return) focuses on her high school years in Vienna, Austria, including her subsequent return to Iran where she attends college, marries, and later divorces before moving to France.
My mother left
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Thomas by: Sonia
A moving memoir about Marjane Satrapi’s experience as a young girl growing up during the Islamic Revolution in Iran. I enjoyed a lot of the themes in Persepolis, including the power of political activism and staying true to your values, the perniciousness and pervasiveness of sexism, and the destabilizing effects of war on family and community. Satrapi’s vulnerable sharing about her rough period with mental health – when she moved to Austria and then moved back – felt like a compelling account o ...more
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Persepolis is a truly amazing graphic novel....
Nandakishore Mridula
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. ...more
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

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
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
A semi-autobiographical book, this story offered such great insight into the history of Iran, particularly during the 1950s all the way through to the 80s, covering the Islamic revolution, the war with Iraq and the invasion of the West. It's a story about a young girl growing up during that particular time period and it follows her journey throughout.

The language is simple, blunt and effective. It highlighted the danger and recklessness when religion (Islam, in this case) is interpreted in ones
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."

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)
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The Complete Persepolis is a graphic novel written by Marjane Satrapi that covers her life. This is a memoir of growing up as a girl in revolutionary Iran.

This is a story of Satrap's childhood; growing up in a loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. We also follow Marjane in her high school years in Vienna. It is an interesting journey of a young girl becoming an independent woman. 

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed the graphi
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
loved this
Apr 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I think this is will be more response than review. Satrapi's Persepolis fulfills its purpose as a memoir, but I will tell you right from the start, that it is indeed overhyped, particularly if you have read the rave critical reviews. Perhaps, since the field of graphic novels as memoirs is relatively new, a work like this could be called ground-breaking. Persepolis as a memoir is an interesting read. I say this only as a result of having read Part Two of this book, The Story of a Return . If ...more
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
Elle (ellexamines)
There's so much I love about this graphic novel. It's both culturally relevant and impactful. It's both amusing and emotionally real. It's probably the single best book I read in middle school.

This is so much more than just a politically relevant story. It's a story of one specific person in 1970s Iran, not of every Iranian woman, and it never tries to be everyone's story. Marjane Satrapi owns up to her mistakes in life, to her darker side. She has flaws and she allows her memoir to explore tho
Powerful and Honest. I didn't know a whole lot about Iranian history before this story. I knew the basics. Marjane's childhood was much different than mine. I have always wondered how people live through such long wars like they had too and it looks terrible.

It almost reads like a dystopian novel with the repressive government. That has always felt so terrible to me. It seems against God to force people to conform when we are meant to be a garden of varieties and differences. Freedom is not easy
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 t
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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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Is my veil in place?
Can my make-up be seen?
Are they going to whip me?

No longer asks herself:
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