Back in 2015, when I put together my non-fiction reading list of biographies I owned but had chronically failed to open, ‘Persepolis’ seemed to be top of the list. From blog comments, friends’ recommendations and the wonderful first page, it was the obvious choice to kick off the project. Something of Satrapi’s independent stubbornness must have seeped through the pages though, because January, February and now much of March have sped by and this blog still lacks an adequately detailed rave review of this most lauded of autobiographical graphic novels.*
*A small aside, a brief internet trawl has suggested that ‘Persepolis’ falls into this confusingly titled genre. ‘Graphic autobiography’ sounds wrong and suggests a book containing ‘graphic’ imagery, rather than actual images. On the other hand, ‘Persepolis’ isn’t a novel. If anyone has good suggestions for the best way to categorise Satrapi’s book, please do let me know.
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