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I must admit I read this, the second installment of Satrapi's illustrated autobiography, before reading the first. Without the full premise of how she left her native country of Iran for Europe, it was easy to think that I had found a interesting connection with the memoirs of an Iranian girl that any loner American teenager could relate to, complete with all the punk rock music, attitude, and drugs that confirm an alienated adolescence. However, Satrapi's story is much more intense and unlike any other because there is real grief, repression, murder, and ghosts in this book. Satrapi's story is haunting. It would eat at you if it wasn't for the simple and humorous line drawings which humanize and mitigate her journeys. This is the same successful technique of illustrated storytelling that Art Spiegelman and Joe Sacco have perfected, reminding us in a palatable and artful way the disturbing realities of our times. And Satrapi has got a bold and sassy mouth like no one else.
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Publisher Comments:

In Persepolis, heralded by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the freshest and most original memoirs of our day," Marjane Satrapi dazzled us with her heartrending memoir-in-comic-strips about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Here is the continuation of her fascinating story.

In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna. Once there, she faces the trials of adolescence far from her friends and family, and while she soon carves out a place for herself among a group of fellow outsiders, she continues to struggle for a sense of belonging.

Finding that she misses her home more than she can stand, Marjane returns to Iran after graduation. Her difficult homecoming forces her to confront the changes both she and her country have undergone in her absence and her shame at what she perceives as her failure in Austria. Marjane allows her past to weigh heavily on her until she finds some like-minded friends, falls in love, and begins studying art at a university. However, the repression and state-sanctioned chauvinism eventually lead her to question whether she can have a future in Iran.

As funny and poignant as its predecessor, Persepolis 2 is another clear-eyed and searing condemnation of the human cost of fundamentalism. In its depiction of the struggles of growing up — here compounded by Marjane's status as an outsider both abroad and at home — it is raw, honest, and incredibly illuminating.

Review:

"Satrapi's story is compelling and extremely complex....It would have made a stirring document no matter how it was told, but the graphic form...endows it with a combination of dynamism and intimacy....And it is wildly charming." Luc Sante, The New York Times

Review:

"Satrapi's high-contrast, bold-lined, stencil-ish artwork remains very much at the service of one of the most compelling youth memoirs of recent years." Booklist

Review:

"The art, though less mature in Persepolis, was more visceral. However, Persepolis 2 has a better story. Satrapi has real comic timing, which she makes good use of in the teenage narrative." Laurel Maury, Los Angeles Times

Review:

"What is astonishing about Satrapi's work is that with evocative drawings and minimal use of words, it creates immensely sympathetic and real characters." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Persepolis 2 never feels anything less than effortless. The art is still the best kind of simple...and it dances nicely with narration and dialogue that balance the absurd horrors of the fundamentalist regime with humorous moments that make it just bearable." The Oregonian (Portland, OR)

Review:

"You've never seen anything like Persepolis — the intimacy of a memoir, the irresistibility of a comic book, and the political depth of a the conflict between fundamentalism and democracy. Marjane Satrapi may have given us a new genre." Gloria Steinem

Synopsis:

In Persepolis 2, Marjane Satrapi continues her tale with the same dazzling combination of singular artistry, insight, and storytelling elan. Funny and heartbreaking, edgy and searingly observant — both about the life of one adolescent and about the life of an entire nation — Persepolis 2 is a clear confirmation of Satrapi's stunning talents.

Synopsis:

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Synopsis:

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapis 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 Shahs 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 Irans 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. Marjanes childs-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.

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

Here is the continuation of Marjane Satrapi's fascinating story. In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna. Once there, she faces the trials of adolescence far from her friends and family, and while she soon carves out a place for herself among a group of fellow outsiders, she continues to struggle for a sense of belonging.

Finding that she misses her home more than she can stand, Marjane returns to Iran after graduation. Her difficult homecoming forces her to confront the changes both she and her country have undergone in her absence and her shame at what she perceives as her failure in Austria. Marjane allows her past to weigh heavily on her until she finds some like-minded friends, falls in love, and begins studying art at a university. However, the repression and state-sanctioned chauvinism eventually lead her to question whether she can have a future in Iran.

As funny and poignant as its predecessor, Persepolis 2 is another clear-eyed and searing condemnation of the human cost of fundamentalism. In its depiction of the struggles of growing up—here compounded by Marjanes status as an outsider both abroad and at home—it is raw, honest, and incredibly illuminating.

About the Author

Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She grew up in Tehran, where she studied at the Lycée Français before leaving for Vienna and then going to Strasbourg to study illustration. She currently lives in Paris, where her illustrations appear regularly in newspapers and magazines. She is also the author of several children's books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375714665
Author:
Satrapi, Marjane
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
Satrapi, Marjane
Subject:
Women -- Iran.
Subject:
Biography-Ethnic Cultures
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW DRAWINGS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.76x6.10x.62 in. .71 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

I must admit I read this, the second installment of Satrapi's illustrated autobiography, before reading the first. Without the full premise of how she left her native country of Iran for Europe, it was easy to think that I had found a interesting connection with the memoirs of an Iranian girl that any loner American teenager could relate to, complete with all the punk rock music, attitude, and drugs that confirm an alienated adolescence. However, Satrapi's story is much more intense and unlike any other because there is real grief, repression, murder, and ghosts in this book. Satrapi's story is haunting. It would eat at you if it wasn't for the simple and humorous line drawings which humanize and mitigate her journeys. This is the same successful technique of illustrated storytelling that Art Spiegelman and Joe Sacco have perfected, reminding us in a palatable and artful way the disturbing realities of our times. And Satrapi has got a bold and sassy mouth like no one else.

"Review" by , "Satrapi's story is compelling and extremely complex....It would have made a stirring document no matter how it was told, but the graphic form...endows it with a combination of dynamism and intimacy....And it is wildly charming."
"Review" by , "Satrapi's high-contrast, bold-lined, stencil-ish artwork remains very much at the service of one of the most compelling youth memoirs of recent years."
"Review" by , "The art, though less mature in Persepolis, was more visceral. However, Persepolis 2 has a better story. Satrapi has real comic timing, which she makes good use of in the teenage narrative."
"Review" by , "What is astonishing about Satrapi's work is that with evocative drawings and minimal use of words, it creates immensely sympathetic and real characters."
"Review" by , "Persepolis 2 never feels anything less than effortless. The art is still the best kind of simple...and it dances nicely with narration and dialogue that balance the absurd horrors of the fundamentalist regime with humorous moments that make it just bearable."
"Review" by , "You've never seen anything like Persepolis — the intimacy of a memoir, the irresistibility of a comic book, and the political depth of a the conflict between fundamentalism and democracy. Marjane Satrapi may have given us a new genre."
"Synopsis" by , In Persepolis 2, Marjane Satrapi continues her tale with the same dazzling combination of singular artistry, insight, and storytelling elan. Funny and heartbreaking, edgy and searingly observant — both about the life of one adolescent and about the life of an entire nation — Persepolis 2 is a clear confirmation of Satrapi's stunning talents.
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapis 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 Shahs 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 Irans 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. Marjanes childs-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.

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

Here is the continuation of Marjane Satrapi's fascinating story. In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna. Once there, she faces the trials of adolescence far from her friends and family, and while she soon carves out a place for herself among a group of fellow outsiders, she continues to struggle for a sense of belonging.

Finding that she misses her home more than she can stand, Marjane returns to Iran after graduation. Her difficult homecoming forces her to confront the changes both she and her country have undergone in her absence and her shame at what she perceives as her failure in Austria. Marjane allows her past to weigh heavily on her until she finds some like-minded friends, falls in love, and begins studying art at a university. However, the repression and state-sanctioned chauvinism eventually lead her to question whether she can have a future in Iran.

As funny and poignant as its predecessor, Persepolis 2 is another clear-eyed and searing condemnation of the human cost of fundamentalism. In its depiction of the struggles of growing up—here compounded by Marjanes status as an outsider both abroad and at home—it is raw, honest, and incredibly illuminating.

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