Title: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood.
Author: Marjane Satrapi.
Genre: Non-fiction, graphic novel, memoir, war lit, Iran-Iraq war, Islamic revolution.
Publication Date: 2000-2003 serialized (2003 in English).
Summary: Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.
My rating: 8/10.