Blog – Persepolis
Persepolis was written by Marjane Satrapi, who is an Iranian-born French woman, and currently lives in Paris. Born in Iran and educated at the Lycee Francais, Satrapi is the granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors. Persepolis was divided as four volumes; they were published between 2000 and 2003. The book was originally published in French, and it has been translated into several languages including English. Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s autobiography. It covers her childhood and teenage years in her hometown, Tehran; her study abroad experiences at the French Lyceum in Austria; and her return to a country devastated by war and regime. In a way, Persepolis is a memoir of Satrapi's own life, recalling her experiences growing up in Iran and in Europe. Based on her personal experience of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Satrapi introduces us to the cultural change through the eyes of a Iranian girl. The book is not only an autobiographical graphic novel of her growth into maturity, but also a story that records developments and changes of her homeland – Iran. Due to many Satrapi's interviews, it is shown that she has a desire to help western readers see Iranians as simply humans rather than vilified exotic group. Satrapi's book doesn’t place strong judgments on any particular group. This is not a story of who was right, or who suffered tragically. On the contrary, Persepolis is a novel of the importance of being aware of ourselves and understanding the consequences of change.
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