“The regime had understood that one person leaving her house while asking herself:
Are my trousers long enough?’
Is my veil in place?’
Can my make-up be seen?’
Are they going to whip me?’
No longer asks herself:
Where is my freedom of thought?’
Where is my freedom of speech?’
My life, is it livable?’
What’s going on in the political prisons?”
Marjane Satrapi is the author of the famous graphic novel Persepolis where she tells about her life and the story of her birth country and about the political and religious changes after the social and cultural revolutions.
Her works (below there is my comment about Persepolis ands about Embroiders, a woman vision about love, marriage and sex) are able to bring the reader in another culture, to tell History and to paint the uneasiness of the people who choose to keep on thinking by themselves and to believe in their ideals and morals.
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis is different things; it speaks about the history of Iran and its Revolution (as always the Cultural one annihilated the culture itself), it is a biography of the author talking about her childhood, it deals with the immigrate discomfort and with the sensation of not belonging to any culture or tradition.
It’s a graphic novel talking about affections and about a child growing up with the war without losing her desire of independence and freedom (that always has a price).
It’s the author drawing and telling about her life, and because of this it’s an honest story, beautiful to read and to look at.
Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
After lunch the Iranian women gather themselves in the tea room to chat.
The graphic novel talks about one of the possible chat based on gossip and censure-less comments about relationships, sex, marriage and love.
The talk is lively and fun, also because the protagonist are modern women that have left behind some traditions.
It’s a very funny and nice reading.
* Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi ★★★★★
* Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi ★★★★☆
*I read this book in Italian