Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood


Product Details

Author: Marjane Satrapi

Title: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Genre: Graphic Novel: Non-fiction

Publisher: Pantheon, 2004

Pages: 160p

Geographical Setting:  Iran, during Islamic Revolution

Time Period: 1979-83

Series: Sequel to Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

Plot Summary: Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Marji is nine when the fundamentalist rebels overthrow the Shah. She is the intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors. Her parents, especially her free-thinking mother, modeled a strong belief in freedom and equality. Her Marxist-inclined family initially favored the overthrow of the Shah, but soon realized that the new regime was more restrictive and unfair than the last. The girl’s independence, which made her parents both proud and fearful, causes them to take action. This autobiography, told in graphic format with simple, but expressive, black-and-white illustrations, combines the normal rebelliousness of an intelligent adolescent with the horrors of war and totalitarianism.

Subject Headings: Satrapi, Marjane, 1969,

Comic Book Strips,

Nine Year Old Girls-Iran-


Children and War—Iran—

Iran-Iraq War—1980-1988—20th Century


Graphic Novels—non-fiction

Coming of Age
Autobiographical Comic Book Strip

Appeal: timeless, radical, minimal, madness, sentimental, powerful, emotional, expressive, witty, horrific, restrictive, autonomous, extraordinary.

Three terms that best describe Persepolis: Powerful, Historical, Coming of Age

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