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The Story of a Childhood

Marjane Satrapi

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Random House
01 June 2004
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.
By:   Marjane Satrapi
Imprint:   Random House
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9780375714573
ISBN 10:   037571457X
Series:   Pantheon Graphic Library
Pages:   153
Publication Date:   01 June 2004
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Delectable. . . Dances with drama and insouciant wit. - The New York Times Book Review<br> <br> 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<br> <br> A brilliant and unusual graphic memoir. . . . [Told] in a guileless voice . . . accompanied by a series of black-and-white drawings that dramatically illustrate how a repressive regime deforms ordinary lives. - Vogue <br> Odds are, you'll be too busy being entertained to realize how much you've learned until you turn the last page. - <br> [A] self-portrait of the artist as a young girl, rendered in graceful black-and-white comics that apply a childlike sensibility to the bleak lowlights of recent Iranian history. . . . [Her] style is powerful; it persuasively communicates confusion and horror through the eyes of a pr

  • Winner of ALA Alex Award 2004
  • Winner of Booklist Editor's Choice for Young Adults.
  • Winner of New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age.
  • Winner of School Library Journal Adult Books for Young Adults.

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