Punk music, the 1980's, Iran, and adolescence come together in Marjane Satrapi's graphic memoir, Persepolis. This book tells the true story of Satrapi's childhood in Iran as the child of revolutionaries. The war between Iran and Iraq, as well as the increasing fundamentalist government regime, served as the background for Satrapi's life as a precocious, spunky child. Eventually, the dangers of both the war and the oppressive government led Marjane's parents to send her to Austria alone at the tender age of 14. There, she deals with nuns, drugs, xenophobia, and love. Persepolis is a fascinating, cross-continental look at the life of one rebellious, brave woman's childhood. Surprisingly funny and beautifully illustrated, this work is sure to please fans of graphic novels and political memoirs alike.
Collects a two-part graphic memoir, in which the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran, a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life.