Marjane Satrapi - Persepolis (5 stars)

Marjane Satrapi - Persepolis



In advance of the Persepolis feature-length animation to be released at cinemas at the end of this month (25 April if you want to note it in your diary) comes this welcome two-in-one paperback edition of Satrapi’s seminal graphic novels Persepolis 1 & 2. Originally released in 2003 in two pricey hardback editions (the first red, the second blue), and subtitled ‘The Story of a Childhood’ and ‘The Story of a Return’, Persepolis is a intimate, raw and honest portrait of Satrapi’s childhood and early womanhood in Iran.

Taking in the last days of the Shah and the rise of the new Islamic republic, as well as her parent imposed exile in Europe and her return to Iran, Persepolis is a graphic memoir that is difficult not to fall in love with. Fittingly this cheaply priced edition puts the two books together with few frills and very little fuss.

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