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First published in 2003, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Iranian comic writer and artist Marjane Satrapi. It is the first part of Satrapi’s two volumes graphic memoir (followed by Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return). The title of the books is taken from the name of Persian Empire ancient capital, Persepolis.

In Persepolis graphic novel, Satrapi traces back and represents her previous stages of life. In the first volume, The Story of a Childhood, she depicts her childhood and early teen years. She especially focuses on how the political dynamics in her country (the Islamic Revolution that took place at the beginning of the 1980s in Iran) bringing a huge impact in her and her parents’ lives.

In a simplistic, vivid style, Persepolis Volume 1 pictured Marji’s childhood, how she grew up as a happy and smart girl. She then had to witness the dramatic changes in her country, such as the militant religious movement and strict rules that came with it. The book showed how her family tended to be on the rebellious side and Marji enjoyed her teenage years as a rebel, wearing denim jacket and listened to Iron Maiden. However, the political crisis in Iran was getting more and more difficult for her and her family, and the war against Iraq made matter worse.

There are 19 relatively short sections (chapters) in Persepolis 1: The Story of a Childhood. Each section is made of 7-10 pages on average and it highlights certain important events in Marjane Satrapi’s life.

The book is followed by the second volume, published in 2004, Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return.

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