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 in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.
Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom–Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.
“I wanted to be Justice, Love and the Wrath of God all in one.”
Persepolis was the first ever graphic novel I read and man what an introduction it was to the world of graphic novels.Persepolis is a terrific read, a masterpiece that I completed in one sitting because it was so captivating.
The book is a moving and insightful story of the author living in Iran when the Islamic movement was gaining momentum. It starts with her as a child, living in a modern and vibrant Iran, which seems to be so different from what we know and see about the country. She shows the transition beautifully and shows the struggles and horrors of living in a war torn country which is so different from the one her grandparents and parents lived in.
The author paints a vivid picture of what its like to be a woman living in Iran and is quite fearless in showing the brutal side and the struggles of being one when the sexism that is so omnipresent.
The book also showcases the history and the on goings of the beautiful country which I knew so little about. Despite the sad state of affairs the book is littered with humorist elements which just shows that at the end of the day you really have to get up and live your life the best way you can.
Also a disclaimer that I am not anti-Islamic in anyway but I definitely am anti-fundamentalist and extremes in any religion, in my opinion is not good.
I would love to know some of your recommendations of graphic novels because this really has opened a whole new world for me.
Let me know what you though of the book.
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