Today I’m featuring a graphic novel based partially on the author’s childhood in Iran called Persepolis. Marjane Satrapi lived in Iran during the beginning of the Islamic Revolution (1978/1979) and the years after until she went to high school. In Persepolis 2, we follow the author to Austria where she went to high school. The last graphic novel we have by Marjane Satrapi is called Embroideries, which is more about relationships between men and women than the revolution.
Here’s some interesting trivia; Persepolis was banned from Chicago Public Schools for a short period in 2013. For more information Banned Books Week (in case you missed it), check out a previous post.
In 2007, Persepolis was made into a French animated film, which was later nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Unfortunately, we don’t have the feature film in the library just yet, but don’t worry, we’re working on it. I’m pasting a preview of the film below, which is very much like its graphic novel counterpart. The second video is more just for fun, and features the author on The Colbert Report.