Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's childhood and coming of age. Marji grows up within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. The contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval are detailed as well as her high school years in Vienna when she must face adolescence far from her family.
It couldn't have been easy growing up amidst so much repression, especially considering how progressive her family was. First published as a two volume graphic novel, it is now available in one combined volume and as a film. Read the novel for full impact or watch the film in Satrapi's native French language with English subtitles. Check catalog for availability.