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Persepolis - Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar's Journal
March 15th, 2015
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Persepolis, graphic novel written by Marjane Satrapi, tells her own story during the period of 1980-1994. Marjane was the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor, her grandfather was a communist, and her parents had a progressive outlook. The first part of the book narrates Marjane's childhood days. Along with her personal life, we also get to see the political upheavals in Iran as seen through the eyes of the young girl - The suppressive regime post the Islamic Revolution, the war between Iran and Iraq, and so on. The second part of the novel narrates Marjane's days in Austria - her loneliness, experiments with newfound freedom, identity crisis and nostalgia.

Marjane maintains a touch of humor throughout the book, even when dealing with difficult situations. Her narratives are candid, and the illustrations are mostly minimalistic but have a unique style. Persepolis makes a wonderful reading overall.

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