Genre: Graphic Autobiography
I haven’t read a good ol’ graphic memoir in a very long time and after picking up Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi I’ve been wondering what I’ve been doing with my life?! Persepolis: The Story of Childhood is the first of two halves and it’s the introduction and childhood story of Marjane, author and comic artist, as she is raised by politically progressive parents during the Islamic revolution in Iran.
Translated from the original French, Persepolis provides a rare insight into what Iran was like during the 1980s when the country was at war with Iraq. Marjane introduces us to her parents and explains how they dealt with talking to their young daughter about the political upheaval of the time, and we also meet their extended family and friends, some of who push back against the oppressive changes during war time and, unfortunately, pay the ultimate price for their courage and activism.
It’s a look at how revolution and extremism can change the lives of ordinary citizens and how people have the power to create massive changes in their society, both good and bad. Not only does this story insight knowledge and historical context but it is told from the point of view of a young woman AND by use of comic art. There’s so much to love, enjoy and soak up while reading Persepolis (she even manages to sneak humour in!) and I felt it was both an educational and extremely important read. Now, onto part two!