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Marjane Satrapi is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Persepolis. The narrative recounts Satrapi's memories of her youth in Iran before, during, and after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The book is split into two sections, each of which has a number of chapters.
Satrapi's early years in Iran in the 1970s are depicted in the opening chapter of the book. She is a young woman who is deeply committed to social justice and politics. Her parents frequently talk to her about these topics because they are both politically engaged. Her mother is a feminist, and Satrapi's father is a Marxist. They both vehemently reject the Shah's government and stand with the Iranian revolution that is taking off.
Satrapi's family gets more and more involved in the resistance as the revolution picks up steam. Her mother becomes a leader in the women's rights movement while her father is detained and subjected to torture by the Shah's secret police. Satrapi's family continues to criticize the administration despite the risk.
After the revolution has been successful and the Islamic Republic of Iran has been created, the novel's second section starts. Satrapi is now a teenager and is finding it difficult to adjust to the new government. The new administration is fiercely conservative and opposed to many of the values that Satrapi's family upholds. Satrapi is also having trouble figuring out who she is as an Iranian lady.
Despite the difficulties, Satrapi is still a prominent figure in Iranian politics and society. She joins a group of young people who are trying to further democracy and human rights after being active in the student movement. Satrapi and her pals are compelled to go underground in order to avoid being apprehended, though, as the government becomes more oppressive.
Satrapi departs Iran at the book's conclusion to pursue a degree in Austria. She struggles to balance her passion for her nation with her wish to live in a free society. The book tells the stirring and inspiring tale of one woman's search for her place in the world.
A compelling and thought-provoking graphic novel, Persepolis provides a singular perspective on the political and social developments that occurred in Iran in the late 20th century. It narrates the tale of the Iranian Revolution and its aftermath through the eyes of a young child, and it offers a scathing critique of the Iranian regime and its actions. The book is a monument to the tenacity and bravery of the Iranian people as well as a tale of human development and self-discovery.