Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Persepolis:  The Story of a Childhood

Marjane Satrapi describes her life as a young girl in
Iran and the difficulties she faced when the Shah was deposed and the
Ayatollah Khomeini took power. Life for everyone became much more
restrictive, especially for young girls. The message is underlined by
the simple black and white illustrations.

Submitted by D.H.

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Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, with laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.--from the publisher

160 pages 978-0375714573 Grades 9 and up

Sequel: Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

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