Marjane Satrapi, author of the best-selling book Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, will give deliver a talk about her work on Monday, October 10, 5:30pm, in the Vassar College Chapel. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, “An Evening with Marjane Satrapi” is free and open to public.
Born in Iran, Satrapi grew up during the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq. She moved to Paris in 1997, became involved with the celebrated “new wave” of comic book artists, and eventually began work on Persepolis, which was published in 2000 to great acclaim. The autobiographical comic, which tells the story of Satrapi’s youth in Tehran in the 1970s and 80s in powerful black-and-white comic strip images, won several prestigious comic book awards including the Prix Alph’art Coup de Coeur at Angoulême. The book has been translated into more than forty languages and was chosen by the Young Adult Library Association as one of its recommended titles for all students and was also named as one of the “100 Best Books of the Decade” by The Times (London).
Publishers Weekly praised Persepolis calling the book “a timely and timeless story of a young girl's life under the Islamic Revolution. Powerfully understated, this work joins other memoirs—Spiegelman's Maus and Sacco's Safe Area Goradze—that use comics to make the unthinkable familiar.”
Satrapi’s other books include Embroideries and Chicken with Plums and several children’s books, including Monsters are Afraid of the Moon. She also paints, and her work is exhibited widely.
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