Originally published in March 2005, on my original 52 Books blog.
Persepolis is a memoir, a look under the veil and behind the high walls and shuttered windows of post-revolution Iran. Parts of it are very shocking, parts are funny, and the stark black and white graphics make it play almost like a movie before your eyes. The drawings are dark - there’s a lot of black - and simple, but they are simple enough to appeal to they eye and the emotions and there are no unnecessary details to draw the eye away from the main points.
Rating: A stark, strong, insightful memoir of life in Iran in the years after the revolution. 4 stars.
I'm hoping the library will also get part 2. I want to know what happened next!
Since writing this, I have also read part 2 and seen the film. All are recommended.