Saturday, August 24, 2013
PERSEPOLIS: THE STORY OF A CHILDHOOD by Marjane Satrapi
My local library is one of 125 libraries across the nation awarded a grant for a program titled Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys. PERSEPOLIS is one of the books participants will be reading and discussing.
PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi is a memoir written as a graphic novel. It explains Satrapi's childhood growing up in Iran. Beginning in 1980 when Satrapi learns she must begin wearing "the veil," she recounts her country's history and the Revolution and its impact on her life as a young Islamic girl.
Satrapi recalls her early faith in god, views that sometimes oppose those of her parents, and her gradual political involvement and eventual disillusionment. The story is at times brutal, while at the same time, Satrapi's humor shines.
The graphic format presents the rather complicated history of a country extremely different from our own, but the simplicity may make the subject more relatable for readers who might not make this particular topic a first pick. I will be eagerly awaiting word on the discussion it inspires during the Muslim Journeys library program.