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4/15/03

Book: PERSEPOLIS: The Story of a Childhood

By Marjane Satrapi
Pantheon Books
April 29, 2003
ISBN: 0-375-42230-7

PERSEPOLIS: The Story of a Childhood brilliantly recounts author Marjane Satrapi's childhood in Iran in the 1970s and 80s through simple yet powerful drawings and words.

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From the opening pages of PERSEPOLIS-where Satrapi describes what it felt like when, as a schoolgirl, she was forced to wear a veil after the Shah was dethroned and an Islamic regime took power-we are introduced to a pint-size heroine of enormous strength and spirit. The unique voice and perspective that only a child could provide, as Satrapi tells her tale from the age of six to fourteen, paints an unforgettable portrait of a country in turmoil.

"Brilliant and unusual."
--Vogue

"You've never seen anything like PERSEPOLIS."
--Gloria Steinem

"Part history book, part Scheherazade, astonishing as only true stories can be."
--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street and Caramelo

"A superb piece of work."
--Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.

"The most anticipated [comic book] of the season."
--Publishers Weekly

"A powerful, mysterious, enchanting story that manages to reflect a great swath of Iranian contemporary history within the sensitive, intimate tale of a young girl's coming-of-age. I didn't want it to end!"
--Diana Abu-Jaber, author of Crescent and Arabian Jazz

"I cannot praise enough Satrapi's moving account of growing up as a spirited young girl in revolutionary and wartime Iran."
-- Joe Sacco, author of Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde

"Frequently moving and often hysterical."
--Book Magazine: "The Newcomers: Ten to Watch in 2003"

The daughter of Marxist intellectuals and the great-granddaughter of a former Persian emperor, Satrapi's childhood is at once outrageous and ordinary-beset by the unthinkable, punctured by the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq, yet buffered by an extraordinary and loving family. She describes what it was like to bear witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Her depiction of life in Tehran reinforces the contradictions between private and public life in a country plagued by political upheavals, while her childlike naiveté imparts a poignancy to this account of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned beatings, and heroes of the revolution.

Says Satrapi, "[Iran] has been discussed mostly in connection with fundamentalism, fanaticism, and terrorism. As an Iranian who has lived more than half my life in Iran, I know this image is far from the truth.. I don't want those Iranians who lost their lives in prisons defending freedom, who died in the war against Iraq, who suffered under various repressive regimes, or who were forced to leave their families and flee their homeland to be forgotten. One can forgive but one should never forget."

In the same way that Art Spiegelman's Maus became a classic work in its genre, PERSEPOLIS is certain to take a similar place in literary history.

About the Author:

Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, on the edge of the Caspian Sea. She grew up in Tehran, where she studied at the lycée français, before leaving for Vienna and, later, Strasbourg to study Decorative Arts. From 1989-1994 she returned to her homeland to attain a Masters Degree in Visual Communication from the School of Fine Arts in Tehran. In 1994, she moved to Paris, where she currently resides.

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