“Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi

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The Iranian cultural revolution seen through the eyes of a young girl. Persepolis, the autobiography of Marjane Satrapi has, with the passage of time, become a real cult among graphic novels, praised for both the message and the style.


The story of the very young Marjane in Tehran aged six to fourteen. These are the years of the fall of the Shah Reza Pahlavi’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution and the war against Iraq. Her parents, open-minded, will not hesitate to send her to Vienna in order to guarantee her adequate education and maturity, where she will face the misunderstanding of others just like in her hometown.



Persepolis is one of the most sincere graphic novels ever. Throughout the work we are always observing the world from Marjane’s eyes, no more, no less. There are no tricks to deceive the reader and nothing is exaggerated but this is its power. In fact, the comic manages to best represent what Marjane might have thought at the time, both for how she was raised and for who she became. There is nothing out of place and thanks to her anecdotes we will laugh and cry with her.


Even the drawing gives its notable contribution to the work, adapting perfectly with the various moments and with the various moods, remaining natural, but without leaving anything to chance. Iconic representations of the Pasdaran, portrayed as ferocious monsters.


Those who love modern literature cannot help but read this book which, in a few years, has been able to enhance and give a tone to more mature graphic novels such as Palestine by Joe Sacco or many others. It is also one of the few cases in which we observe the cultural revolution from the eyes of a child.

The comic, however, also addresses other issues such as immigration and the return to the homeland. The first graphic novel capable of making history.

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