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Embroideries

Author/Illustrator: Marjane Satrapiembroideries

My rating: 3.5 of 5

WARNING: MATURE AUDIENCE

After dinner is finished and the men have gone off to nap or whatever, Marji and the other women present settle down over a samovar of tea to gossip. Naturally, in present company, the topic turns to men, sex, and the changing roles of women in Iran as the western world gains more influence on the younger generations. Each woman has her own unique story and perspective, and these nine women are more than ready to share.

Most of you know Marjane Satrapi as the author of the acclaimed PersepolisEmbroideries is a graphic novel that could really be considered a companion volume to Persepolis, being another memoir of the authors, of a sort, and using the same unique but enjoyable art style. It truly is interesting, being invited into an incredibly intimate setting to share in these women’s conversation, and the insight provided into the roles of women in Iran is truly eye-opening. But as I mentioned in the summary, a lot of the talk is about sex, so this is definitely an adult book–I’d say 18+, although most would probably rate it more like 16+. And I’d have to say that the intended audience is primarily female, although I guess some guys might find it interesting–usually probably more like embarrassing, though. I think I’d say that for adult women who enjoyed PersepolisEmbroideries might be an interesting graphic novel to try . . . but I really would limit it to basically that group of individuals.

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Persepolis

Author/Illustrator: Marjane Satrapi

In this visually and emotionally stunning graphic novel, author and artist Marjane Satrapi tells of her childhood and young adulthood, growing up in Iran during the unsettled time of the Islamic revolution. Her story is in many ways heartrending, showing a government intent on stifling its people and their freedoms. But it’s also a story of the persistence and hope inherent in humanity, that spark that inspires secret rebellions against tyranny and that keeps us getting back up when we’re knocked down. I found the historical and political insights given in Satrapi’s memoir to be particularly significant, as Iran in the 1980s to 1990s is a place and time that I knew almost nothing about. It’s also really neat (although also extremely sad at times) to see life at this point from the perspective of the people, rather than from the government or a biased media. While not a story for children, I think Persepolis is an important and interesting work that is a must-read for adults, and possibly mature teenagers.

Note: This was originally published in the U.S. as two separate volumes, but is also available now as an omnibus, The Complete Persepolis, which I would recommend as it is quite a nice edition and includes the entire story.

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