This is a detail of my Dutch copy of The Complete Persepolis, a graphic memoir by Marjane Satrapi. It originally belonged to my grandmother. With beautifully bold black and white drawings, Satrapi describes how she grew up in Teheran during the Islamic Revolution. The book is both full of ordinary experiences of growing up and life-changing events such as a bomb falling on her neighbour’s house, which I think is what makes it so powerful. Because there are so many easily relatable experiences in the book, I very quickly started caring for its protagonist and was extra touched when her life got tougher and tougher. Moreover, it gives a very personal and therefore extra insightful account of what it is like to live in such circumstances. I like this book very much.
Have you read any graphic novels/ graphic memoirs?
‘The Weather Today’ is a challenge I set myself in which every day(ish) I will take a random book from my bookshelves and write a few sentences about it.