July/August Pick 2008

The Complete Persepolis

Image representing cover of The Complete Persepolis The Complete Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi

The Complete Persepolis is, in one volume, Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally-acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips, telling the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. The book explores the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; Satrapi’s high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; her homecoming—both sweet and terrible; and, finally, her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country, yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

Edgy, searingly observant and candid, often heartbreaking, but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom, Persepolis is a great work from one of the most highly regarded graphic artists at work today.

In 2007, Persepolis was transferred to the big screen in a major film from Sony Pictures, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Film.

For On the Same Page, the Library has purchased the 2007 trade paperback edition of The Complete Persepolis, published by Pantheon Books. The soundtrack of the animated film, Persepolis, published in 2007 by Caroline Records, is on order and the DVD of the film will be ordered once it is available.

Photo of Marjane Satrapi About the Author

Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She grew up in Tehran, where she studied at the Lycée Français before leaving for Vienna and then going to Strasbourg to study illustration. She currently lives in Paris, where her illustrations appear regularly in newspapers and magazines. She is also the author of several children's books.

Of Related Interest

The Believer magazine interviews Marjane Satrapi

An Interview with Marjane Satrapi

IFC News coverage of the 2007 New York Film Festival Press Conference featuring Marjane Satrapi

Reading Guide for Persepolis (Volume 1)

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