Saturday, 16 November 2013


Persepolis is an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. Written from a child's (her younger self's) perspective, it tells the story of her childhood with revolutionary Iran as the backdrop. We learn about the many changes and upheavals that take place in Iran during that time and how these affected her and her family.

The illustrations are minimal and almost child-like. Yet, these belie the highly nuanced story that is being told. The way the story is told makes it very relatable. I personally found it very interesting as I knew little about Iran's revolutionary history before reading this book. This may be an interesting book to discuss in a class that is learning world history. However, I would recommend this for older teens as there is some foul language used.

Overall, a great read. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Author and illustrator: Marjane Satrapi
Published in 2003 by Pantheon Books
Originally published in French. A film adaptation (animated) was released in 2007.

Age range: 16 years old and above

NA's rating: 5/5

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