Persepolis

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1)Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I lack words to describe this memoir. The phenomenal writing by Marjane leaves me hopeful and heartbroken in the same proportions after finishing her journey growing up to become an adult.

This is not an easy read by all means. Seeing the human experiences that come with a change in cultural and political ideals, the carnage, the blood shed and the strength the people of Iran showed during such troubled times. That really touched me. Many books try to imagine revolutions but forget about the people that can’t fight, that have to resign to the new impositions.

Another brilliant aspect was the characters development. The little and big things that we see everyday are very well explored in this graphic novel. The paradoxical behaviors, the guilt, the bad decisions but also the fun, the little rebellious acts, the warmth of family and friends all was so brilliantly constructed in a series of short stories.

Everyone should read this book.

[PT] Faltam-me palavras para descrever o crescimento de Marjane num Irão que passou por uma revolução. Temos aqui uma colecção de pequenas histórias que trazem a perspectiva de um povo que teve de sofrer por ideais que mudaram do dia para a noite.

É uma leitura difícil pois esta é uma história sem filtros que mostra a felicidade e a tristeza nos tempos mais conturbados de guerra. Ao contrário de muitas histórias que imaginam guerras esta narrativa foca-se no lado esquecido de quem tem de se resignar e aceitar as imposições que não lhe agradam.

As personagens foram o ponto forte e gostei da partilha de memórias sobre tempos já passados. Uma leitura obrigatória para todos.

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