Thursday, July 17, 2014

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

What I so admire in Marjane Satrapi's work is her evocative images done in such simple black and white lines. With some ink and a piece of white paper she has given us an incredibally tangible window into her youth during a time of upheaval both for herself and her country. If you are unfamiliar with graphic novels, this is a good one to start with. It's emotionally challenging, compelling and difficult to put down.

(back cover)
Persepolis is the story of  Marjane 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 and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials 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 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, singularily talented graphic artist at work today.

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