Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thomaz - Risk-Taking Researcher - Persepolis

Persepolis is an autobiography in which Marjane Satrapi outlines her experience during the Islamic Revolution. It has four volumes and the first one (the one this group read) was first published in 2000. It was originally printed in french, later getting translated into a couple of different languages, english being one of them, of course. The title of the book, Persepolis, refers to the capital of the Persian Empire.

The book is about young Marjane Satrapi's life during the war between Iran and Iraq, also known as the Islamic Revolution. She is very much interested in the topic and wants to know more about it; however, her parents are not willing to share the entire truth with their daughter, worrying she might become afraid and, possibly, traumatized by this experience. As Satrapi grew older, she became very much a rebel: she wore hipster clothes (which, in fact, were strictly prohibited), listened to rock music, talked back to teachers, skipped class, secretly smoked, etc. She got into trouble a couple of times because of this, like when she almost got arrested by the guardians of the revolution for wearing all her hipster clothes, but she, by a miracle, got away. The book mainly deals with Satrapi's rebelty to the new ways of life during the war and how a middle to high-class person lived during this Islamic revolution.

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Satrapi back in French school

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Satrapi secretly smoking
Satrapi getting caught by the guardians of the revolution

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