Persepolis Study Guide

Persepolis Study Guide

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June 1st 2004 by Pantheon (first published 2000)
Iran, Islamic Republic of Tehran, 1980 (Iran) Persia
ISBN 037571457X (ISBN13: 9780375714573)

The revolutions are always a source of great literary inspiration and occupy a large part of world literature plots. But there isn’t much written about the Islamic Revolution. Marjane Satrapi from Iran wrote “Persepolis” as a recollection of her own memories.

It’s a series of two books, the first of which is “The Story of a Childhood” and it talks about what it is like to grow up in Iran. The events of the book happen right around the war between Iran and Iraq. The second part entitled “The Story of a Return” describes the life of the author in Vienna, France and a painful return to Iran for some time in between.

Throughout the book, the reader will discover Iran from a completely different perspective. You will understand the difference between those who inhabit the country and those who run it. It’s a story of people who one day woke up to a different country where there was no civic education, no games such as chess or cards, no possibility of making a choice. Everybody must keep to a strict dress code because red socks could be a reason for a trial.

Imagine living under constant shooting, with an imposed curfew, walking the streets where armed men can stop you at any time. And you don’t know what will happen: will they simply check your documents, go through your phone messages or detain.

The book is executed in a style of a graphic comic. It adds to the impression that a child recounts the events. The graphics allow the actual text to be short and concise which is greatly appreciated by the readers. It also makes it easier to read about terrible war events, executions, arrests, and total isolation.

The readers will appreciate the humor and irony of the author. The pictures are emotional while the comments are short and straightforward. And the fact that the author’s family is considered progressive and wealthy by the Iran standards only leaves the reader wondering what it would be like to be a regular poor citizen in Iran.

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