Pantheon, 2003-2004. First American Paperback, later printings. Tall Octavos. (23cm. x 15cm.) 153pp, 187pp. ills. Illustrated wrappers. Fine. Item #204
At the beginning of the new millennium, "Persepolis", the autobiography of the writer and illustrator, Marjane Satrapi, awakened the rest of the sleeping world to the power of the graphic novel. Although the graphic novel had been popular for decades, it had remained a niche genre. But Satrapi's memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution of the 1980s was a revelation. It was a bold, feminist time bomb of a political statement. The novel's sexual honesty was shocking, the politics exposed were brutal and extreme and yet Satrapi managed to keep the humor and bittersweetness associated with the coming-of-age story of a young woman. Unsurprisingly, banned in Iran, "Persepolis" is also often banned from being taught in schools in the United States. This is an American First Paperback, albeit later edition set, translated from the original French language editions.