Marjane Satrapi – Persepolis

 

Growing in Iran

 

The graphic novel Persepolis tells the story of its author, Marjjane Satrapi, from childhood to adulthood, through the history of her homeland, Iran. First as a strong supporter of the revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini, then as a prisoner of the identical desire for freedom that had guided her. The population suffers of the same disillusionment through one of the fiercest forms of dictatorship. With somewhat disenchanted realism, the author makes us experience the vicissitudes of a country marked by civil war, her personal misfortunes living away from home, in Vienna, and her unhappy return to  her family. She makes us understand a period that in Western countries is known in a fragmentary and incomplete way, filtered by newspapers and television  reports, “from the inside”.

The dramatic reality narrated by Marjane Satrapi is represented with irony and intellectual honesty, which is unfortunately rare nowadays. Her almost childlike drawings and the use of black and white make this work a jewel in which the power of the story is emphasized by the beauty of the illustrations.

 

Translation by Anna Anzani (edited by Sabrina Macchi)