Persepolis 2

Persepolis 2

The Story of A Return

Book - 2004
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In Persepolis , heralded by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the freshest and most original memoirs of our day," Marjane Satrapi dazzled us with her heartrending graphic memoir about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Here is the continuation of her fascinating story.

In 1984, Marjane flees fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in Vienna. Once there, she faces the trials of adolescence far from her friends and family, and while she soon carves out a place for herself among a group of fellow outsiders, she continues to struggle for a sense of belonging.

Finding that she misses her home more than she can stand, Marjane returns to Iran after graduation. Her difficult homecoming forces her to confront the changes both she and her country have undergone in her absence and her shame at what she perceives as her failure in Austria. Marjane allows her past to weigh heavily on her until she finds some like-minded friends, falls in love, and begins studying art at a university. However, the repression and state-sanctioned chauvinism eventually lead her to question whether she can have a future in Iran.

As funny and poignant as its predecessor, Persepolis 2 is another clear-eyed and searing condemnation of the human cost of fundamentalism. In its depiction of the struggles of growing up--here compounded by Marjane's status as an outsider both abroad and at home--it is raw, honest, and incredibly illuminating.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2004.
ISBN: 9780375422881
0375422889
Characteristics: 187 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Persepolis two

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csrestall
Jun 29, 2016

This is the second volume of a two part graphic novel based on the life of a now young woman living in Iran; and the trials and tribulations that she faces with the war and oppression. This was an excellent perspective on a topic that I do not know much about. A fantastic continuation. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys graphic novels, or is looking for a perspective on women's rights or the war in Iran.

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Qwfwq
Nov 09, 2015

Whereas Persepolis was the story of a girl caught up in events beyond her control, here we have the story of a young woman who must now make decisions and live through the consequences of them. The process of becoming an adult is pretty universal; the struggle between acceptance and independence, fitting in and being yourself - but when you are going through this as someone on the margins, everything is magnified.

I believe that one of Satrapi's motivations for writing these books was to present a truer version of her country than the one most westerners like myself had assumed. I think she achieved that goal remarkably well.

SchroederTribe Aug 23, 2015

And now, Persepolis 3? What make sit effective is that as unique as her story is, many will relate nd understand to what she went througj, whether or not they would have made the same choices.

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bibliokrisp
Aug 17, 2015

A fellow reader said he wasn't interested in this, because it's all black ink. But don't miss this if you like well-told stories about another culture, interesting people and bittersweet, realistic situations. Just great.

Kong72 Feb 08, 2012

Part 2 of the wonderful tale of a girl growing up before, during, and after the Islamic revolution in Iran.
Read this series and watch the movie. It is a unique, eye opening experience. Beautifully simple visual style and storytelling about complex subjects.

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blolo
Jun 17, 2010

This sequel wasn't as good as the first book (which was fantastic) but I still enjoyed it.

It follows her story as she moves to europe, and then eventually returns to iran for several years, before leaving for europe again. It was interesting to see how after immigrating she felt like she had no "home" (in europe she was an outsider because she was iranian, but in iran she was considered a westerner and also was treated as an outsider at times)

I have to say... I have tremendous respect for the author's family. They supported her human right to live a life of freedom despite the legitimate fear of terrible consequences.

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ryner
Jul 07, 2008

After spending several years studying and living a wild lifestyle in Austria, Marjane Satrapi returns to her native Iran, where the effects of the Islamic Revolution are still going strong. Home again, she struggles to find herself, returning to school, falling in love, exploring ideas with new friends, and discovering more about her family's history, all the while trying to avoid The Guardians of the Revolution.

Persepolis 2 is just as enjoyable as the first, and I look forward to reading more of Satrapi's work.

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csrestall
Jun 29, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: scenes depicting war and death

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csrestall
Jun 29, 2016

Coarse Language: uses some minor swears

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Jun 29, 2016

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csrestall
Jun 29, 2016

This graphic novel starts off with Marjane living in Austria and picks up where volume one ended. She then decides to move back to Iran after suffering difficulties in Austria. It then covers her schooling in Iran and her subsequent marriage, and then divorce. Finally ending with her departure from Iran once again.

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