By Marjane Satrapi
Paperback, 187 pages
Persepolis 2 picks up where Persepolis left off. Here’s a blurb from Amazon: 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.
I liked this book. Read it.
Okay, okay, that’s not a serious review, and I know it. This is one of those books where I’m having a hard time expressing myself – and I don’t think it’s the book, I’m pretty sure I’m just in a mental slump. But if you read Persepolis you clearly need to read the rest of the story – so get your hands on this book. Or better yet, buy the sweet Complete Persepolis edition, which I didn’t know existed until I’d already picked up book one. If you haven’t read Persepolis, go read it! After reading that I became an instant fan of Satrapi’s work. Graphic novel memoirs? Hell yes! I’d read more memoirs if they were in this format. In fact, after reading Persepolis, I ordered Persepolis 2, Embroideries and The Sigh from Amazon and I have her other book, Chicken With Plums coming from a used bookseller. So Satrapi had me hooked from the first book I read.
Personally, I think that says more about her work than my tired little brain can express right now. Hmm…for people who care, it has a 4 star rating across Amazon, Goodreads and LibraryThing :]
Seriously though, I’m having a hard time expressing what I love about this book – but love it I did, just like volume one. I love Marjane’s style – it’s simple and effective and for such a short book, she gave me a very deep look into her life! I can’t wait to read
and hopefully write better reviews of the rest of her work! Just go read all her work and tell me what you think.
I’ll leave you with some more pictures: