Books Over Brunch the Subplot. 7th November. Persepolis.

Sunday 7th November, 11am 2021. Persepolis. A Graphic Novel by Marjane Satrapi.

Persepolis is an autobiographical series of bande dessinées (French comics) by Marjane Satrapi that depicts her childhood up to her early adult years in Iran and Austria during and after the Islamic Revolution. The title Persepolis is a reference to the ancient capital of the Persian Empire.[1] Originally published in French, the graphic memoir has been translated to many other languages, including English, Spanish, Catalan, Romanian, Portuguese, Italian, Greek, Swedish, Finnish, Georgian, Dutch, Chinese and others. As of 2018, it has sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. Persepolis was written in 2000 and Persepolis 2 was written in 2004.

French comics publisher L’Association published the original work in four volumes between 2000 and 2003. Pantheon Books (North America) and Jonathan Cape (United Kingdom) published the English translations in two volumes – one in 2003 and the other in 2004. Omnibus editions in French and English followed in 2007, coinciding with the theatrical release of the film adaptation.

Due to its graphic language and images, there is controversy surrounding the use of Persepolis in classrooms in the United States. Persepolis was featured on the American Library Association’s list of Top Ten Most Challenged Books in 2014.

1 thought on “Books Over Brunch the Subplot. 7th November. Persepolis.”

  1. A really interesting choice, most importantly I had the incredible opportunity to discuss the novel with a reader whose family is Persian. Persepolis forces you to challenge your Western perception of the Middle East, to understand the history of the Iranian Revolution and have a deeper understanding of how Iranian people were affected by the war on a daily basis for many years. Iranian people are barely any different from Westerners, but Marjane was completely misunderstood when she came to Vienna and it shows that even though she’s really exceptionally talented and very well educated, she couldn’t get a foothold in the Viennese community, then she fell through the cracks and almost died as a homeless person. Marjane gives a very honest, shocking account of her journey, but I really appreciate her candour, she’s not afraid to speak her mind. This autobiography left a deep impression on me. Persepolis generated good discussion in the group and in general the novel generated positive rseponses and reactions. Highly recommended reading 10/10.

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