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Persepolis / Marjane Satrapi.


Originally published to wide critical acclaim in France, where it elicited comparisons to Art Spiegelman's Maus, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. Marjane's child's-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a stunning reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. It shows how we carry on, through laughter and tears, in the face of absurdity. And, finally, it introduces us to an irresistible little girl with whom we cannot help but fall in love.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780375714573
  • ISBN: 037571457X
  • Physical Description: 153 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Pantheon Books, [2003]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Veil -- Bicycle -- Water cell -- Persepolis -- Letter -- Party -- Heroes -- Moscow -- Sheep -- Trip -- F-14s -- Jewels -- Key -- Wine -- Cigarette -- Passport -- Kim Wilde -- Shabbat -- Dowry.
Target Audience Note:
380 Lexile.
GN380L Lexile
Decoding demand: 97 (very high) Semantic demand: 100 (very high) Syntactic demand: 63 (high) Structure demand: 88 (very high) Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 3.3 2.0 76929.
Reading Counts RC High School 5.8 6 Quiz: 35351 Guided reading level: NR.
Accelerated Reader AR UG 3.3 2 76929.
Language Note:
In English; translated from the French.
Awards Note:
Amelia Bloomer Award, 2004
Subject: Satrapi, Marjane, 1969- > Comic books, strips, etc.
Satrapi, Marjane, 1969-
Iranians > 20th century > Biography > Comic books, strips, etc.
War > Psychological aspects.
Coming of age.
Caricatures and cartoons.
Iran > Biography > Comic books, strips, etc.
Iran > History > 1979-1997 > Comic books, strips, etc.
Iran > History > Revolution, 1979 > Personal narratives > Comic books, strips, etc.
Genre: Biographical comics.
Graphic novels.

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  • 0 current holds with 7 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Cass County Library-Northern Resource Center YA GRAPHIC 741.5 SAT (Text) 0002202717357 Young Adult Graphic Available -
Cass County Library-Northern Resource Center YA GRAPHIC 741.5 SAT (Text) 0002203117474 Young Adult Graphic Available -
Jefferson County Library-Cedar Hill GRAPHIC BIO SATRAPI 1 (Text) 30000024957056 Biography Available -
Jefferson County Library-Northwest GRAPHIC B SATRAPI (Text) 30051070052383 Graphic Novels Available -
Mountain View Public Library Y 955.054 Satrapi, Marjane, (Text) 30176100094111 Young Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Ste. Genevieve County Library GRAPHIC 955.054092 Satrapi (Text) 33358000244908 Graphic Novels Available -
Trails Regional-Concordia GN 955.05 SAT (Text) 2202465227 Graphic Novels Available -

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