6. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

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.

1 comment:

Buzby said...

She is an excellent writer and I have also appreciated her work. She has written a third book which was also interesting. I can't remember the name though.

For similar kind of writing, this time in a book format, you should read Lipstick Jihad.