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The Complete Persepolis (Persepolis – original 4 volumes #1-4) by Marjane Satrapi

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Marjane Satrapi’s story was cool in that it filled in a gap of world history that I’d always been curious about – Iraq vs. Iran in the 80′s. That war always sounded interesting and this era (and its aftermath) frames her life. It was pretty interesting to get an insider’s perspective on how brutal the conservative Iranian government was (still is) at this time, especially how its repressive rule affected females (any hair showing beyond the veil=overt sexuality, for example). On the other hand, I was frequently turned off by how her privileged upbringing got her out of hairy political situations and, in general, life’s challenges…no, actually, I was really turned off by how nonchalant she was about having options and not being appreciative about them. All in all, Persepolis was pretty entertaining and gave good insight to an era in recent Middle Eastern history that gets swept under the carpet in America (Bush, Jr.: How did those Iraqi’s get those guns?!, Rest of the world: Reagan and your evil father gave them to the Iraqi’s, coontybollocks!). Dios, mio.

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