Persepolis : The Story of an Iranian Childhood, Hardback

Persepolis : The Story of an Iranian Childhood Hardback

4.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Wise, often funny, sometimes heartbreaking, "Persepolis" tells the story of Marjane Satrapi's life in Tehran from the ages of six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.

The intelligent and outspoken child of radical Marxists, and the great-grandaughter of Iran's last emperor, Satrapi bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. "Persepolis" paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life.

Amidst the tragedy, Marjane's child's eye view adds immediacy and humour, and her story of a childhood at once outrageous and ordinary, beset by the unthinkable and yet buffered by an extraordinary and loving family, is immensely moving.

It is also very beautiful; Satrapi's drawings have the power of the very best woodcuts.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780224064408



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Review by

I love both 'Persepolis' books. Highly recommended even if you don't like comics. Autobiography about growing up in Iran during the revolution.

Review by

Excellent graphic novel, quite reminiscent of Art Spiegelman's 'Maus' in its retelling of personal and world history. It gives good insights into life in Iran in the 1980s, from the point of view of a young girl from a well-off family. The drawing style is simple but expressive; bold black and white lines like linocut. Writing is clear and succinct.

Review by

It's hard not to want to compare this to Maus, which is the only other graphic novel I have read. They are both memoirs about a time of war and persecution. Both had a balance of making you want to laugh and cry in equal measures. Persepolis tells the true story of a child's experience of growing up through the revolution and then through wartime in Iran. In the present day we associate words such as fundamentalism and terrorism with countries such as Iran and are presented with a rather one sided and probably prejudiced view. Persepolis challenges this and provides us a different perspective. My only complaint now is that I have had to request an inter-library loan of Persepolis 2! The first book leaves you at a point where you just need to read on - not even a hint at what happens next.Persepolis is more suited to younger readers then Maus is, mainly because it is from the perspective of an intelligent and perceptive child. I think in this current world it is important that we are given more then the usual one sided, confused or warped view of the world we have now.

Review by

A very cool graphic novel autobiography. It's painful and funny to read, to watch the Marjane Satrapi grow up and go through different stages during the war.

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