Book 19: Persepolis

The Complete Persepolis (2007) is a graphic memoir by Marjane Satrapi. It takes us through her childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq. It shows us the contradictions between private life and public life in a country run by fundamentalists and plagued with violence; her high school years; her homecoming; and, finally, her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland.

It’s my first time reading any type of graphic novel (although this is non-fiction, I’m lumping it in with that genre) and I enjoyed it immensely. It was a really quick read and yet was so important. It mixed the political and personal, because of course, having gone through a revolution and a war it would be impossible to separate her life from politics. It’s funny and sad and dreadfully endearing. I connected with a lot more of it than I thought I would, but I also learned a lot.

You can read it online for free at

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