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About Persepolis

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Illustration from Persepolis
Copyright © 2005 by Marjane Satrapi

“Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran: of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life and of the enormous toll repressive regimes exact on the individual spirit. Marjane’s child's-eye-view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family.”

Read more of this article from Pantheon Books.

Did you know?

  • According to World Book Online (, Persepolis was a capital of ancient Persia built by King Darius I of Persia in about 500 B.C.. It was constructed in a mountain region of what is now southwest Iran.
  • Persepolis was originally written in French.
  • The graphic novel format Marjane Satrapi uses allows her to tell her story with greater impact. She was especially inspired by graphic novelist Art Speigelman who wrote the Maus series.
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