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The Complete Persepolisby Marjane Satrapi
Synopses & Reviews
Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.
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 trails 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.
"A memoir of growing up as a girl in revolutionary Iran, Persepolis provides a unique glimpse into a nearly unknown and unreachable way of life....That Satrapi chose to tell her remarkable story as a gorgeous comic book makes it totally unique and indispensable." Time
"A dazzlingly singular achievement....Striking a perfect balance between the fantasies and neighborhood conspiracies of childhood and the mounting lunacy of Khomeini's reign, she's like the Persian love child of Spiegelman and Lynda Barry." Salon
"I cannot praise enough Marjane Satrapi's moving account of growing up as a spirited young girl in revolutionary and war-time Iran. Persepolis is disarming and often humorous but ultimately it is shattering." Joe Sacco, author of Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde
"[T]he latest and one of the most delectable examples of a booming postmodern genre: autobiography by comic book....Satrapi's drawing style is bold and vivid." The New York Times Book Review
In the tradition ofPersepolisandAmerican Born Chinese, a wise and funny high school heroine comes of age.
Tina M., sophomore, is a wry and endearing observer of the cliques and mores of Yarborough Academy. (andldquo;The name makes it sound fancier than all the public schools in the area. Youandrsquo;d really think the Prince of Wales attended.andrdquo;) And of the foibles of her Southern California intellectual Indian family. (andldquo;Just so you know, my parents have never tried to lock me into a child marriage.andrdquo;) Sheandrsquo;s on a first-name basis with Jean-Paul Sartre, the result of an English honors class assignment to keep an andldquo;existential diary.andrdquo;
Keshni Kashyapandrsquo;s smart and funny graphic novel packs in (existential) high school dramaandmdash;from Tinaandrsquo;s getting dumped by her smart-girl ally to a kiss on the mouth (Tinaandrsquo;s mouth, but nottechnicallyher first kiss) from a cute skateboarder, Neil Strumminger. And it memorably answers the pressing question: Can an English honors assignment be one fifteen-year-old girlandrsquo;s path to enlightenment?
The story of a high school heroine--funny, wise, and reminiscent of Marjane Satrapi--negotiating a trying spring semester at her southern California prep school
Tina M., sophomore, is a wry and endearing observer of the cliques and mores of Yarborough Academy ("The name makes it sound fancier than all the public schools in the area. You'd really think the Prince of Wales attended"). And of the foibles of her intellectual Indian family ("Just so you know, my parents have never tried to lock me into a child marriage"). She's on a first-name basis with Jean-Paul Sartre, the result of an English honors class assignment to keep an "existential diary."
The plot thickens as Tina is dumped by her best friend and smart-girl ally, forcing her to embark on a life of eating school lunch (existentially) alone during the week, and of weekends being dragged to family parties at various new-money chalets in LA's Indian enclaves. Until the lead in the school play goes to Tina, among other astonishing events.
Is a kiss on the mouth--Tina's mouth, but not technically her first kiss--from cute skateboarder Neil Strumminger be the meaning of existence? Can an English honors assignment be one fifteen-year-old girl's path to enlightenment?
About the Author
Marjane Satrapi was born in Rasht, Iran. She now lives in Paris, where she is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout the world, including The New Yorker and The New York Times. She is the author of Embroideries, Chicken with Plums, and several children's books. She cowrote and codirected the animated feature film version of Persepolis.
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