Our March book will be in celebration of International Women’s Day! The first step to creating change is to learn. Join us this month as we read "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi.
“Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.”
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- Does Persepolis change your preconceived notions of Iran and its people? How so?
- How would Persepolis have been different if Satrapi had not made it graphic novel? What would have been different if her story were told as a traditional memoir?
- What kinds of captivity and freedom does the author explore in Persepolis? What prevents people from being completely free? How do they circumvent and defy the rules imposed on them and attempt to live ordinary lives despite revolution and war?