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Another astonishing work of graphic non-fiction, the story of a girl growing up in Iran during the Revolution

Wise, often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, Persepolis tells the story of Marjane Satrapi's life in Tehran from the ages of 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 child of radical Marxists, and the great-grandaughter of Iran's last emperor, Satrapi 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. Amidst the tragedy, Marjane's child's eye view adds immediacy and humour, and her story of a childhood at once outrageous and ordinary, beset by the unthinkable and yet buffered by an extraordinary and loving family, is immensely moving. It is also very beautiful; Satrapi's drawings have the power of the very best woodcuts.

Reviews

The magic of Marjane Satrapi's work is that it can condense a whole country's tragedy into one poignant, funny scene after another.

Natasha Walter, Independent on Sunday

Persepolis is a stylish, clever and moving weapon of mass destruction.

David Jenkins, Sunday Telegraph

This touching, funny, illuminating memoir deserves a much wider audience.

Kate Figes, Guardian

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  • Persepolis
    Marjane Satrapi

    Hardback

    9780224064408

    July 1, 2003

    Jonathan Cape

    160 pages

    RRP $39.99

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  • EBook

    9781473547421

    June 2, 2016

    Vintage Digital

    160 pages

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