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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Persepolis 2: The Story of A Return
by Marjane Satrapi
Age Range: 14+
Following on from Persepolis: The Story of A Childhood this book continues the moving, poignant autobiographical account of Marjane Satrapi’s childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq.
Persepolis 2: The Story of A Return covers the life of the young protagonist after she leaves Iran and settles in Vienna. It depicts her efforts to overcome loneliness, her cultural identity crisis and the strong influence of the past on her present new life and ends with her return to Iran after graduation. The cartoon-type illustrations, although simplistic at first sight, superbly convey humour, emotions and ideas with black and white images that are full of expression but without being over sentimental.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)