by Marjane Satrapi
Satrapi is an Iranian and this is her autobiography in comic book form. Capturing her life from ages ten through fourteen in a country rought with uprisings, revolution and social turmoil. It is a forceful coming-of-age story. Amidst a world of turmoil and opression, Satrapi emerges. She tells of her family's everyday existence in touching, disarming detail while simultaneously illustrating the history of a short, violent period of Iran's history. The graphics are at once enlightening and very disturbing. Even the most terrible moments are conveyed with an unflinching matter-of-fact tone that seems to simply pass any appropriate angst on to the reader.
I picked this up from my cooperating teacher's desk while the students watched a movie clip and finished it by the end of the day. What a good read. I highly recommend it.
Apparently, Satrapi has written Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return. I'm certainly going to read it.