Persepolis (Persepolis, #1) by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis (Persepolis, #1)

A New York Times Notable BookA Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-sellerWise, 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...

Details Persepolis (Persepolis, #1)

TitlePersepolis (Persepolis, #1)
Release DateJun 1st, 2004
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, Comics, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography

Reviews Persepolis (Persepolis, #1)

  • Anne
    I knew a little about Iran. Not much, but a little. I knew it had been through a lot of changes, and that most of those changes had been steps backward when it came to personal freedom.Here's a cool little 1 minute video that gives you a visual look at some of the changes in style, if you're interested.Alright. What I didn't know was the hows and whys. And to be honest, it never occurred to me to delve much deeper. There was a revolution, some re...
  • Nat
    Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It was an eye-opening, heartbreaking and thought provoking book— I had many thoughts and feelings while reading, so much so that I had to put it down multiple times to take a breather.I was in a haze for a very long time after finishing it— and I kept questioning everything in my surroundings.Here are some instances that made me put down the book and...
  • Elyse Walters
    The little red book cover to “Persepolis”, has been sketched in my mind for clearly as a mental visual of the ‘Jack-in-the-box’ logo. ( I don’t eat there - but it’s pretty hard to not have an immediate visual memory of what their basic logo looks like). I’ve no excuse for not reading this sooner. I don’t even have a resistance to worthy graphic memoirs. So - no excuse here! I never saw the film either. I don’t think I...
  • Bookshop
    They are among the rare books that I give a 5 which means:a. they will come with me wherever I gob. I will read them again and again until I remember every single sentencec. I will not lend them to people :p.Tita introduced me to these books. I have been very interested on Iran and was even contemplating to read the autobiography of Farah Pahlavi, the Empress of Iran. After repeated visits to the bookshop to flip the pages of this autobiography, ...
  • Adina
    Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's autobiography in graphic novel form. The first volume covers her childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution until she left to study high-school in Austria in order to get away from the war. What can I say, it was original, sometime funny, sometimes heartbreaking. One thing is certain, it won't leave you indifferent. Recommended.
  • Mohammed Arabey
    A story about a very sweet lovable rebellious young girl from Iran..No,'s a story of a free family under tyrant rule..A story of once great country,Kingdom that retreat 1000 years back.Marjane has dreams..Dreams of Good life, Good deed, equality, prospect, freedom.Then came the revolution which call for all that. To down the coup tyrant government.But alas, the revolution got its own coup, named after a way-better-than-this-religion..ev...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: Of all the banned books I’ve read over the years, THIS one might be the one that I really can’t figure out a reason for banning. There have been some selections that my children aren’t quite old enough to read or fully understand, but they are still tiny humans. In a couple of years I’ll gladly let them peruse my bookshelves and read whatever all of the nutters tell them not to...
  • Lia
    4.5 starsI went into Persepolis with all the ignorance of an European girl born in the '90s. With all the ignorance of someone who sees war and conflict from afar, who is been used to being safe her whole life - because war just doesn't happen around here. Because we may send our soldiers to fight, but it's always somewhere else. Things are changing. I don't feel that safe anymore. And in a time of fear and escalating paranoia, when people all ar...
  • Pramod Nair
    “In life you'll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it's because they're stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance... Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself.” – Advice to Marjane’s from her grandmother.‘Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood’, the first volume, is the intimate memoir of a spirited young girl who had to grow...
  • Fabian
    A very bleak black and white tale of life in wartime Iran. Marjane's illustrations are dreary reminders that what you experienced in childhood will shape you forever--her story is one that is too damn real to possibly ignore. An extraordinary feat in the shape of 2D comics.
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    4 stars! So in an effort to diversify my reading (aka read something other than romance for once) I joined the Goodreads group Our Shared Shelf, a feminist book club run by Emma Watson. With the recent political climate in the US, I wanted a way to expand my mind and find other readers to relate to. I highly recommend this group, and while I am more of a lurker than a discusser, it’s a lot of fun and great to be surrounded by intelligent, like-...
  • Tatiana
    "Persepolis" is a widely acclaimed memoir/graphic novel, it was rated highly by several of my fellow readers and therefore I've had my eye on it for a while. Sadly, now, after reading this book, I am a little underwhelmed by it.As a graphic novel, it is a notable work. The cartoonish style of the drawing is superb, the subject matter is very current, the combination of tragedy and humor is clever. However, as a political memoir, "Persepolis" lack...
  • Paul Bryant
    Well, having read the book, I went also to see the film last night. But I will probably not wish to go to see the musical or buy the soundtrack of the musical with specially commissioned songs by Sting and Bono and Madonna and Cher and several other rock stars who only have one name, all their other names having been given to their favourite charities to auction off. I didn't read Persepolis Book Two so was interested that the film incorporates ...
  • Forrest
    I intentionally avoided the movie version of this book. I wanted my reading experience to be unspoiled, even by trailers. Now, having read the book, I shall have to go see the movie.I am the same age as Marjane Satrapi. As I reflect the events of this book, I remember my perception of events in Iran: the revolution, the hostage crisis, the war with Iraq. Having lived in Italy from 1977-79, I feel a little closer to these events than I would have,...
  • Suzanne
    “In life you’ll meet a lot of jerks. If they hurt you, tell yourself that it’s because they’re stupid. That will help keep you from reacting to their cruelty. Because there is nothing worse than bitterness and vengeance… Always keep your dignity and be true to yourself.” What lovely words of wisdom told to a free spirited vivacious young Iranian woman, Marjane Satrapi, spoken to her by her Grandmother. Witnessing the triumph of the Is...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    I've wondered about reading Persepolis for a number of years now (I saw the film trailer back in high school). Finally I ordered a copy and it's a shocking account of extremism and the toll it takes on families and friendships, but more than that it's also a brilliant coming-of-age tale about maturity, expression and individuality. It's also an interesting shift in character from the eyes of a daring and innocent child to that of a teenager marre...
  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestAmericans, as a whole, don't really know anything about the Middle East. According to this article, a Roper study conducted during the Iraq War (2006) found that 75% of students could not find Iran on a map (the link they provided was a dead link). I knew a bit about the Islamic Revolution, because I read INSIDE THE KINGDOM: MY LIFE IN SAUDI ARABIA by Carmen Bin Ladin, who was half-Persian an...
  • Roya
    I HATE ALL OF THESE DEPRESSING IRANIAN ENDINGS. Ugh. So irritating. Review to come.EDIT:Two points that should be made.1. This book will make you sad.2. That's okay.Persepolis is the first book in a graphic novel series about the childhood of Marjane Satrapi, the author of this book. In this book, Satrapi reminisces her life in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution and the Iran–Iraq War - a time of oppression and dejection. Of course, with the I...
  • Nouruddine
    Personal interpretation:Good God!What have I just read?Is it a political panorama which's covering a certain era of IRAN?Is it a noir-graphic book?Is it an autobiographical memories of the author?Is it a memoir?Is it a book on assuring the goodness in human souls?Is it a message of freedom, rebellion, dignity and patriotism?Is it a chronology of a country IRAN in the eyes of this little rebellious and hopeful girl?Well, it's all of that!It really...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I thought this book was very sad, I felt sorry how Marjane had to grow up. I'm going to link this to a friends review that can tell it better :)Anne's Review
  • Erin
    One can forgive but one should never forget. Graphic novel that details the author's experiences during the Iranian Revolution. Quite an emotional read!
  • drbarb
    I am as middle class (we call it affectionately, the "poor rich" where I live.) I am intellectual. I am like Richard Rodriquez and bellhooks because education took me away from my roots, but gave me who I am today.So, how could Iranian middle class intellectuals and professionals in the late 1970s have been so different than me and my family? For the young, under the Shah, there was a strong and progressive, very Western group of middle class Ira...
  • Carmen
    This is a good book. Satrapi writes with a powerful voice. One can easily imagine her childhood and early life. Many times I do not enjoy graphic novels because I think they are weak and poorly-written, relying on pictures to tell a story and not utilizing good dialogue and text. That is not the case here. Satrapi's unique illustrations make the Iran of her youth come to life. Many difficult and painful issues are dealt with in this book: torture...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1), Marjane SatrapiMarjane Satrapi (born 22 November 1969) is an Iranian-born French graphic novelist, cartoonist, illustrator, film director, and children's book author.Persepolis is a graphic autobiography by Marjane Satrapi that depicts her childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. Persepolis reminds readers of the “precarity of survival” in pol...
  • Lisa
    A unique and enlightening coming-of-age graphic memoir set in Iran, and weighted with high-contrast illustrations that transport us to another time and place. SUMMARYMarjane Satrapi is the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperor‘s, and her parents are committed Marxist’s. PERSEPOLIS is her childhood memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Black-and-white comic strip images tells the story of her life in Tehran ...
  • Abeer Abdullah
    Extremely clever and genuine book about a young middle eastern woman going through an oppressive misogynistic extremist regime, something I relate to a lot. It gives me strength and hope and makes me love and relate to people I, as a person who grew up in sunni saudi arabia, was always told were enemies or at least people who don't wish us well, that's the picture that's been painted. luckily i was introduced to irani art pretty early on, particu...
  • Elsa Rajan Pradhananga
    Marjane Satrapi’s is a powerful memoir and has proficiently projected the pain, dangers, hardships and atrocities Iranians experienced since the Islamic revolution. Many crimes against children were depicted in the book and it left me overwhelmed.During the Iran Iraq war of the 1980s, young boys were given gold painted plastic keys at school and were convinced that if they died at war, the key would open them the door to paradise where pleasure...
  • Jaya
    I didn't appreciate this book as much, 12 years back when I read it for the first time, than I do it now. History has an uncanny way of manifesting itself, in our day to day lives. It's not even funny.
  • Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
    I've now read this book three times. And every single time I remember something I'd forgotten or I get something new out of it. I read it this time because I wanted to read it's sequel and felt like a brush-up of book one would certainly be in order.This book is so good, guys. It is one of the best (if not THE best) graphic novels I've ever read. Marjane Satrapi's voice is so strong and important, and down to earth and hysterically funny. She rel...