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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood


A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s 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.

Title:Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:153 pages
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  • Anne
    Oct 02, 2015

    I knew a little about Iran. Not much, but a little. I knew it had been through a lot of changes, and that most of those changes had been steps backward when it came to personal freedom.Here's a cool l...

  • Natalie
    Jun 13, 2016

    Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It was an eye-opening, heartbreaking and thought provoking book— I had many thoughts and feelings while...

  • Bookshop
    Jul 29, 2007

    They are among the rare books that I give a 5 which means:a. they will come with me wherever I gob. I will read them again and again until I remember every single sentencec. I will not lend them to pe...

  • Mohammed Arabey
    Jul 27, 2016

    A story about a very sweet lovable rebellious young girl from Iran..No,'s a story of a free family under tyrant rule..A story of once great country,Kingdom that retreat 1000 years back.Marja...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Sep 30, 2015

    Find all of my reviews at: Of all the banned books I’ve read over the years, THIS one might be the one that I really can’t figure out a reason for banning. There...

  • Afshar
    Jun 03, 2016

    من واقعا نمی دانستم چگونه باید با حجاب کنار بیایم. از طرفی در جامعه ی مذهبی زندگی می کردم و از طرف دیگر خانواده ...

  • Pramod Nair
    Jun 08, 2015

    “In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bit...

  • Giulia
    May 18, 2016

    4.5 starsI went into Persepolis with all the ignorance of an European girl born in the '90s. With all the ignorance of someone who sees war and conflict from afar, who is been used to being safe her w...

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    Jun 04, 2017

    4 stars! So in an effort to diversify my reading (aka read something other than romance for once) I joined the Goodreads group Our Shared Shelf, a feminist book club run by Emma Watson. With the rece...

  • Paul Bryant
    Oct 01, 2007

    Well, having read the book, I went also to see the film last night. But I will probably not wish to go to see the musical or buy the soundtrack of the musical with specially commissioned songs by Stin...