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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

This graphic novel autobiography tells the story of the author’s life just before and after the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1980. At ten years old, Marji was already well versed in the politics of her country and wanted to fight injustice along with her parents. They struggle to reconcile their religion and sense of personal freedom with the strict rules imposed by the new government. Iran also comes under attack from Iraq, plunging the country into war on top of everything else. As Marji learns more about the history of her own family, she fights to forge her own future.

This is an eye-opening glimpse into the lives of the real people of Iran, not just the stereotypes portrayed in the media. Marji is far more interested in wearing her denim jacket and Michael Jackson button than the veil, but is also deeply rooted in Iran’s history and religion. Recommended for all ages.

Check out also Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return.

 

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