Saturday, October 1, 2011

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Graphic novels were never really on my radar until I picked up a copy of Persepolis and discovered just how powerful they can be. This is Marjane Satrapi's coming of age story during the Islamic Revolution in Iran in the early eighties. Through her simple yet evocative drawings and strong writing we see her struggle to understand the political and social changes going on around her. Her family was well educated and had brought her up with a modern, progressive world view that ultimately led them to have to send her out of the country for her own safety. There was (and still is) no tolerance for opinionated women in such an oppressive society.

Author's website


Tracy said...

I've not read any graphic novels yet, maybe I should, Trish.

Have you read Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi? I presents a much more complex picture.

Sam (Tiny Library) said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I have read the sequel too, which is well worth getting your hands on if you enjoyed this one.

The film is good too - it sticks to the style of the books.

Beth said...

Have never read a graphic novel. Upon your recommendation (I trust you!) I think I just might give it a try.

Trish said...

Tracy - Yes, I read that some years ago and quite enjoyed it, too.

Sam - I'd like to read the sequel to see how she continues her life. I already admired her courageous young girl self - she must have grown into quite a formidable woman.

Beth - It's certainly worth a try. I thought the pictures would be distracting, but they really work well with her writing.

Jean said...

I would also recommend it--I just read it and it's really good. I'd agree that Reading Lolita in Tehran gives a more complex picture, but Persepolis isn't trying to do the same job. :)

Trish said...

You're right. It's the same subject, but from a professional woman's point of view rather than a young girl's.