Sunday, April 22, 2012

Comic Book Review: The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Comic Book Review: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Title: The Complete Persepolis
Publisher: Pantheon
Published Date: October 30, 2007
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375714839
ISBN-13: 978-0375714832

The Persepolis

Persepolis is an ancient site known as Takhte Jamshid or Throne of Jamshid, located somewhere in moder city Shiraz, Iran. It's just an FYI. It's not the setting of Satrapi's Persepolis.

The first book tells the story of Marjane’s childhood. It is the time where Iran is experiencing Martial Law. People want to oust their current President. Marjane was exposed to communist political ideas because her relative was a communist fighting the government of Iran that time. For more of summary, you can read it on Wikipedia (check link here).

The second book was Marjane’s teenage to adulthood life. Opposing the school rules in Iran which applies also to Iran being an Islamic Republic, her parents fear that Marjane’s school could be eyeing her and might lead to absurd sanction so her parents sent Marjane to Vienna for her safety and for her good to live an independent life away from dangerous Iran. For more of summary, you can read it on Wikipedia (check link here).

It’s a culture shock reading Persepolis. Readers might take this comic book a dystopian fiction but to tell you the truth, it’s memoir of the author Marjane Satrapi. When you’re reading a dystopian fiction, you will ask yourself why there’s no one protesting about the rulings of life surrounding the setting of the story? It is because society of that dystopian fiction is meant to be that way.
Life . . . it just that you’ll get used to your society. Ways that shouldn’t be normal will be treated as a normal ways in coming time.

Iran is still Iran. You can judge that country anyway you like but i realize something... if there’s another Otakore Literantadodist living in that country, he might be judging my country too as well if I write a memoir comic book like Persepolis.

Persepolis the Movie

There's actually an adaptation film of Persepolis. I already watched it and I rate it good. As expected, some scene from the comic were remove in the film adaptation:

| Persepolis DVD |

| Persepolis Blu-Ray |

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