Monday 28 April 2014

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
by Marjane Satrapi

This is the first graphic novel I have read since my fanaticism with Marvel Comics in my youth! Quite different, this one tells in story format how an educated and secular family fighting against a despotic leader – in this case The Shah of Iran - are then persecuted by the religious fanatics who take over after the 1979 Iranian Revolution. It is told from the point of view of their young daughter as she becomes increasingly aware of her parents radicalism, her own family history, and of the atrocities being inflicted by security forces. It is well drawn, in parts it has touches of humour whilst not holding back on the awful things which happened. It seems to me to be a very accessible version for a young Westerner teenager even though the story itself is sadly all too common in the wider world.

ashramblings verdict 4* well drawn, with touches of humour but without holding back on the real issues

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