Title: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Author: Marjane Satrapi
Publisher: Pantheon 2003
Genre: Graphic Novel
Rating: 5/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Graphic Novel
How I Got It: Library loan
Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages 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 only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.
This is a beautifully constructed autobiography of life in a tumultuous time period. I must admit that Iran’s history is not one of my strong points. However, Satrapi weaves her story in such a way that I understand all the sides of the conflict. Even through black and white drawings, I feel the pain and confusion Satrapi felt through her childhood. I sped through this volume wanting to find out what happened to her. We end with a cliffhanger, but thankfully there’s a second volume.