Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. ["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 ...Read MoreOriginally published to wide critical acclaim in France, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. ["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 precocious preteen."QVillage Voice.Read Less
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Fine in Very Good jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" Tall; Pantheon Hardcover Fine with Very Good Dust-jacket. Bold red cloth binding with gold iconic-like design with young girl in Islamic dress on cover, black lettering on spine. Solidly bound glued binding, square, trace of rubbing on lower corner and spine heel. Jacket red gold bordered with black designs, white and blue lettering with cut out centered for young girl to be seen. Faint scuff on spine heel, riffling along upper edge, not a wrinkle, else fine. Translation of first part Mattias Ripa; translation of second part Blake Ferris. Supervision of translation-Marjane Satrapi and Carol Bernstein. Graphic novel of young girl growing up during the Islamic Revolution. Satripi tells the story of her life from ages six to fourteen. New York: Pantheon Books, 2003 Eleventh Printing. 6.25" x 9.25" tall; 153pp.
Being a newcomer to graphic novels, I was impressed with how engrossing the book was. The illustrations successfully conveyed a mood, a culture, and a whole range of emotions. Couldn't put it down.
Nov 5, 2009
graphics are wonderful here.
an artistic, wonderful graphic and written experience. This book isl one for history I am sure. It arrived in time, well wrapped and I'll keep it forever!
Dec 5, 2008
Funny, frightening, and deeply emotional, "Persepolis" is definitely a book that should be read by as many people as possible. The point of view of a child is already such a special and strange thing, that when you take a child's point of view of very extraordinary events and situations, such as the Islamic Revolution in Iran, you end up with a very powerful book. Add to this the stark, simple black and white illustrations by author Marjane Satrapi, and the result is very powerful, indeed. Satrapi's narrative voice is akin to audible storytelling; she makes you feel like she is sitting with you, telling you about her life and memories, as opposed to adding writerly flourishes that would make it into more of a "novel." This serves the story well, for there is no sense of removal from the events she describes. It is clear that this is someone's life experience, and it is incredible. Read this.
Apr 13, 2008
Before reading this novel I (unfortunately) had no respect for graphic novels; I figured them to be glamorized comic books. However, Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical account of her childhood during the Iranian revolution taught me otherwise. Her writing is brilliant--witty, intelligent, and sometimes heartbreaking--and the illustrations are perfectly harmonious with the story. I laughed a lot, and often felt like crying; it is difficult enough to be a teenager, but a teenager under a repressive regime offers a tragi-comic coming of age. Other than the entertainment value, I truly gained a more global perspective on Iran, and a deeper understanding of today's politics in the country. Satrapi is a really talented writer, and I can't wait to read the sequel!
Oct 25, 2007
I really liked this book. I found the story of the author's childhood in Iran fascinating. The drawings are expressive and though I haven't read many graphic novels, this one combined words and images well. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in an insider's view of Iran and the goings on there. From a feminist perspective, this book is important and heartening. I will read the sequel and I will keep up with this wonderful author/artist's work.
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