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Cover of Persepolis Books 1 and 2

Persepolis (ISBN 0-224-08039-3) is a French-language autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi depicting her childhood in Iran after the revolution. The title is a reference to the historical town of Persepolis.

Drawn in black and white, the graphic novel found great popularity following its release (Time magazine included the first part in its Best Comix of 2003 list). The English edition combines the first two French books and was translated by Blake Ferris and Satrapi's husband, Mattias Ripa. The French editions of Persepolis 3 and Persepolis 4 were combined into a single volume, Persepolis 2 for the United States market. In the U.S., the Persepolis series is published by Pantheon Books.

Graphic novel

Persepolis details Satrapi's life during the war between Iran and Iraq. Persepolis (the first book in the English language edition) depicts Satrapi's childhood in Iran, and Persepolis 2 depicts her high school years in Vienna, Vienna and her return to Iran where Satrapi attended college, married, and later divorced before moving to France, where she now lives. Hence, the series is not only a memoir, but a Bildungsroman.

The second book of Persepolis won the Angoulême International Comics Festival Prize for Scenario in Angoulême, France, for its script and in Vitoria, Spain, for its commitment against totalitarianism. It has been translated into English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Swedish and other languages.



See also

  • Satrapi's book Embroideries is also set in Iran and follows the lives of different women of her mother's generation.


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