You may not think of the Islamic Revolution in Iran as a good fit for a comic book, but you would be missing something remarkable. Persepolis is an autobiographical account of the tumultuous childhood experiences of a girl who is both intensely observant and wise beyond her years. By allowing her younger self to serve as narrator, author Marjane Satrapi is able to present an unblinking yet witty portrayal of the turmoil through which she lived. The stark black and white images enable even a casual reader to grasp the terrifying impact upon her daily life, but Marjane’s humor and daring add relatable touches that make the story personal as well.
Originally published in 2003, this noteworthy graphic novel is gaining new attention through a 2007 film adaptation of the same name. Persepolis won the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and recently earned a 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.