The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi #Review

Title: The Complete Persepolis
Author: Marjane Satrapi

Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Graphic Novel, 341 pages

Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: October 30th 2007

Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi’s best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.
Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom–Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.

Before I read this novel I had very little knowledge about Iran and even less knowledge about the Islamic Revolution. This definitely changed my thoughts on the country as a whole and how the people that are from there live. 

Marjane Satrapi tells her story of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and it was very captivating. She was very political for a 10-year-old but I loved seeing things through her eyes. I’m really glad she had the courage to tell her story. 

Rating: 4 stars

This book is on the list of Top Banned Books for 2014 because of the violence portrayed in it. I don’t believe in censorship so I can’t stand when books are banned. My problem with banning a work of nonfiction like this is that you can’t ban violence from the world and you can’t make something that happened just disappear. I can understand not wanting your child to read this book before they are ready to but that doesn’t mean that everyone else can’t read it.