With its vivid black and white comic strip images, Persepolis is a powerful coming of age story. Marjane Satrapi, the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists, describes growing up in Tehran during and after Iran's Islamic Revolution. Written through the eyes of a child trying to navigate the rapid and confusing changes in her county, it serves as a unique window into life in Tehran during this turbulent period. The autobiographical graphic novel explores themes of family, religion, and the toll violence and repression can have on both the individual and society.
In March of 2013 Persepolis was removed from Chicago Public Schools via a district directive citing its "graphic illustrations and language" and concerns about "developmental preparedness" and "student readiness." The directive was later retracted after outcry from students, teachers and the Chicago community.
Central Library will host a Persepolis book discussion on Monday, October 7, from 6-7 p.m. in the Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. Join us as we discuss this unique autobiography!
Kristina @ Central