Michael Ray De Los Angeles
♛ email: MichaelRay@LoraxCommunity.org
Los Angeles, CA, 2015
The graphic memoir is the story of Marjane Satrapi, an Iranian artist that came of age during the 1980s. Within her drawings, she depicts the cultural repressions imposed onto her and the Iranian people that occurred during this war ridden 1980s. Satrapi’s parents are part of the upper class within Iran, and it is her family’s position within the country that allows Marjane Satrapi to leave the warring country to go study in Austria– both of her parents insisted. While in Austria Marjane is not required to wear her veil. Furthermore, in her attempts to adjust to the Austrian ways of life, and in order to make friends, she suppresses aspects of cultural identity. Upon her returns to Iran Marjane is reminded of the oppressions that she had left and has to readjust her once again to conform to the cultural norms, not of Austria but of her home country of Iran.
This novel is a CA Dept of Ed. recommended reading.