Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

by Marjane Satrapi

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In Persepolis, can you please tell me what happens to Marjane's  parents who stay behind?

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Marjane Satrapi's parents stay behind in Terhan while they send their daughter to Vienna Austria to keep her safe from the continuing turmoil in Iran.  We don't learn much about what is happening for them, but some information is revealed when her mother comes to visit 19 months after Marjane's departure.  There is a continuing war going on and her father is no longer working for construction companies, as there is no building going on in Terhan.

The family endures threats of air strikes and a severe limitation on personal privacy.  Women are required to wear the veil.

When Marjane returns to Terhan, her father tells her the of the revolutionaries and the change in regimes through the years.  He tells her of the tens of thousands who were killed in the 8 year war.  He speaks positively of the idea of rebuilding evertything, but Marjane notes that his tone of voice doesn't inspire much confidence that this will ever happen.  It seems that this will take generations.  Clearly her parents suffered with fear and will the loss of their old way of life, but they survived, and Marjane's return is a welcome start to the things changing for them.

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