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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (2003)
Marjane’s memoir of her years in Tehran from ages six to fourteen is a page-turning history of the events she witnesses. Her upper class liberal parents (she is the great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor) demonstrate against the Shah. They are bitterly disappointed when the new republic is overtaken by the fundamentalist Islamic revolution. Despite the imprisonment and execution of friends and family members, her parents remain in Iran. The war with Iraq brings yet more tragedies. The book ends with her parents sending the fourteen year old Marjane to school in Germany. The author’s black and white illustrations enhance the text. Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return continues the story. In 2007, the award-winning animated film version of Persepolis was released.