Series: Persepolis #2
Published by Patheon on August 2, 2005
Genres: Adult, Memior
In Persepolis, heralded by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the freshest and most original memoirs of our day,” Marjane Satrapi dazzled us with her heartrending memoir-in-comic-strips about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Here is the continuation of her fascinating story. In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna. Once there, she faces the trials of adolescence far from her friends and family, and while she soon carves out a place for herself among a group of fellow outsiders, she continues to struggle for a sense of belonging.
Finding that she misses her home more than she can stand, Marjane returns to Iran after graduation. Her difficult homecoming forces her to confront the changes both she and her country have undergone in her absence and her shame at what she perceives as her failure in Austria. Marjane allows her past to weigh heavily on her until she finds some like-minded friends, falls in love, and begins studying art at a university. However, the repression and state-sanctioned chauvinism eventually lead her to question whether she can have a future in Iran.
As funny and poignant as its predecessor, Persepolis 2 is another clear-eyed and searing condemnation of the human cost of fundamentalism. In its depiction of the struggles of growing up—here compounded by Marjane’s status as an outsider both abroad and at home—it is raw, honest, and incredibly illuminating
What I Thought…
Persepolis is wonderfully illustrated. It’s not flashy or smooth but it fits the story. Persepolis 2 follows Marijane from her mid teen years to adulthood and her difficulties with life, friends, and family.
The first part of the book is her life away from Iran. Leaving a culture that represses women for one that does not causes a lot of upheaval in her life. She makes a lot of not so great decisions and suffers some pretty serious repercussions that lead to her returning to Iran.
Upon returning to Iran she has difficultly adjusting back to Iranian life. You can see her struggle with who she should be and who she wants to be. Again she makes some bad decisions, one of which leads to her changing her life for the better, though a few more decisions come later.
At times it’s hard to read about her life. I can’t imagine not having the choices and freedoms that I have. It makes me appreciate those choices and freedoms more.
This is a wonderful story that will make you laugh, but also make you think.