Read a Girl #46: “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood”, Marjane Satrapi

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This month I am bringing you an oldie, but a goodie. Marjane Satrapi’s memoir “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood”, a graphic novel masterpiece.

The book covers the author’s childhood, growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Through a child’s eyes, we see a piece of history unfold: the rise of religious extremism in Iran and the impact it had on the lives of the people living in the country at that time - young women, in particular. 

The narrative is so compelling and the graphics are simple yet stunning, giving depth to such an important story. If you haven’t read this book, I strongly encourage you to do so.

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