Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

by Marjane Satrapi

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What are some other readings that we can relate to Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood?

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Additionally, Marjane Satrapi has never stopped writing about Iran, her childhood, and her hopes for the country's future. Her article for the NY Times, "I Must Go Home to Iran" shows her new-found hope for Iran's future after the Green Revolution. 

"From now on, Iranians are fearless. They have regained their self-confidence.

Despite all the dangers they said NO!

And I’m convinced this is just the beginning.

From now on, I will always say: Once you leave your homeland, you can live anywhere. But I refuse to only die in Iran. I will one day live in Iran...or else my life will have had no meaning."

Additionally, my students really responded to this article from Rookie, a website that showcases the writing of young adults. The author, a teenage girl, writes about reconciling her feminism, interest in science, and Muslim faith, much in the same way that Marji struggled to honor her religion and her parents' political beliefs.

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Marjane Satrapi's memoir Persepolis: The Story of a Chilhood is about her experiences growing up in Iran when the regime changed from the Shat to the Ayatollah. Women lost their freedom to dress the way they wanted to, and it became more difficult for a girl to get an education. The country went from secular rule to religious rule, and things changed drastically for the author. Some other readings that might relate to Satrapi's story are Marina Nemat's book Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir and Asfar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran. They are both by women who escaped the oppressive regime in Iran that kept them from living in freedom and tell the story of their respective authors' struggle to become literate and educated. Both Nemat and Nafisi are now professors

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