Thursday, December 06, 2007


I love graphic novels and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis was one of my reading excitements for 2007. Set in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, it captures what was happening through the eyes of the six year old girl she was when the book began, not really understanding what is happening to her family and then as she grows up to be an outspoken teenager she starts to look outwards too. Always intensely personaly, it made me go and read more about what is happening in Iran, so I'm really pleased to find out there's going to be a film. Here's the trailer:


Scott Pack said...

Graphic novels are great, but what is the correct name for graphic non-fiction like this book?

Sarah said...

I'm not sure, to be honest. I had a quick look and Wikipedia calls both this and Maus a graphic novel, Random House (the publisher) has it as under graphic novels, and Amazon have this as part of the publishers blurb - an exemplary autobiographical graphic novel. But you're right, it ISN'T really a graphic novel, is it? One academic paper called it a 'graphic autobiography' but that conjures up a different picture for me.

Sarah said...

ANd the more you write graphic, the more silly a word it is. Like a constipated grape somehow.