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Persepolis is an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. Summary of the Book Marji is a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Society quickly morphs into an orthodoxy, where the veil is a compulsory garment for women and secular education is quickly banned. Marji believes that she can solve these problems by becoming a prophet at the age of six. She recalls the teachings of Zarathustra and the Zoroastrian holidays she once enjoyed with her parents. She watches events like the overthrow of the Shah, the success of the Islamic Revolution and the destructive effects of the war with Iraq. Through a young girl’s eyes, readers are drawn into a portrait of life in Iran. Marji’s narrative brings out the sharp contrast of life at home and life in public, and the black and white art further strengthens the contrast. This is a story of growing up in a country where grim reminders of war hang around people’s lives like black curtains cutting off any sunlight. About Marjane Satrapi Marjane Satrapi is a French graphic novelist and illustrator born in Iran. Persepolis was adapted into a French-American animated film, written and directed by Marjane and Vincent Paronnaud. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year and a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Persepolis is a rare work of fiction. It is a memoir in a graphic novel form. Marjane recounts her life in strife torn Iran from the 1970s to the 90s. She grew up in a country that was ravaged first by the Shah regime and later the fundamentalist regime. People were not free and not allowed to have any thoughts of their own. A teenaged Marjane forced to hide her liking for rock and roll music and jeans. She has to wear a headscarf while moving out of home and kowtow to the powers that be. Her fellow students are willing to see her prosecuted for wearing tight jeans. Any indulgence in unsavoury political thoughts could lead to detainment. In such a situation, how is Marjane to survive and be true to herself? As she mulls over her future, she get sound advice from her old grandmother who advises her to sprout wings and do exactly as she pleases.

Persepolis was highly acclaimed upon publication and became a critical success. It was first published in the form of four books in French. Upon success, the book was translated into many languages. It was published in English in the form of two books. The book was made into an animated feature film which used the same kind of illustration that Marjane used in the book. The film won prizes at Cannes film festival when it premiered there in 2007. Persepolis winds up in list of must-read books, feminist books and graphic novels. It is seen as one of the most influential works of modern times.

About the author:

Marjane Satrapi was born in Iran in 1969. When she was a young girl, in 1979, the revolution took place in Iran and it was taken over by the Muslim fundamentalists. She spent her life seeing the common people being persecuted by various regimes, first the Shah regime and then the fundamentalist regime. She saw her adored uncle Anoosh was imprisoned and executed. Her parents tried sending Marjane to study in Vienna but she was unhappy there. She returned to Iran to complete her studies. She moved to France and married a Swedish man, Mattias Ripa.

Her autobiographical novels have been immensely popular. She has written children's books, directed films and has worked as an illustrator.

AuthorMarjane Satrapi
EditionFilm Tie-In
Height780 mm
Length508 mm
Width102 mm
Weight57 g
Language TypePublished
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages352
Package Quantity1
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2008-03-06
Sales Rank725

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General information about Persepolis
  • The author associated with Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi.
  • The EAN for Persepolis is 9780099523994.
  • The edition for Persepolis is Film Tie-In.
  • The ISBN for Persepolis is 009952399X.
  • The height for Persepolis is 780 mm.
  • The length for Persepolis is 508 mm.
  • The width for Persepolis is 102 mm.
  • The weight for Persepolis is 57 g.
  • The language for Persepolis is English.
  • The binding of Persepolis is Paperback.
  • The number of items for Persepolis is 1.
  • The number of pages for Persepolis are 352.
  • The quantity for Persepolis in a package is 1.
  • Persepolis is grouped in Book group of products.
  • The publication date for Persepolis is 2008-03-06.
  • The publisher for Persepolis is RHUK.
  • The producer for Persepolis is RHUK.
  • The sales rank for Persepolis is 725.