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Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi
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Nov 16, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: female-protagonist, nonfiction, graphic-novel, iran, europe, family

This is a much more mature follow up to Satrapi's Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, focusing first on her time in alone as an adolescent in Austria and then he return to her home country of Iran. Immediately Satrapi sets this volume up as a far more adult sequel, detailing her sexual exploits and forays into recreational drug use as she struggles with living independently and so far away from her family and homeland. I like how Satrapi expects a parallel maturity in her audience with that of her own character, and the comic book-style visuals and text here certainly contrast the weight of the subject matter in a palatable way. Her point of view as a native Iranian looking back with a European immigrant's perspective is refreshing and engaging. This is definitely a must-read follow up if you enjoyed Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood!

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