Blast from the Past–Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

9516Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
5/30/2007-5/31/2007–153 pages–graphic novel/memoir (Iran, Islamic Revolution, Iran-Iraq War)
Borrowed from WCDPL

It was interesting to read this memoir right after finishing another on the same topic. Both memoirs were of women living in Iran at the time of the Islamic Revolution and war with Iraq. Satrapi was much younger than NAfisi, she was preteen and Nafisi was already a college student/professor. Because of this age difference, the stories were from different perspectives. Both had liberal upbringings, Satrapi’s great-grandfather was the overthrown shah that pre-revolution country was in and so family ties encouraged the revolution. Until it was too late.

I definitely liked Satrapi’s memoir, in graphics, more than Nafisi’s scatterbrained one. Waiting for Persepolis 2 which is her return to Iran.

“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.”
~Grandma, p150


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