TWT Day 11 | Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

TWT Day 11This 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.

Book | The Graphic Canon (volume II) ed. Russ Kick

“Kubla Kahn” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge/ Alice Duke

The Graphic Canon is a collection of works. In this book comic artists graphically adapt of many famous works of English literature from the 1800s. You heard me. This book is a compilation of Comic artists’ interpretations of the Brontë Sisters, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Pride and Prejudice and many other famous works. The result is AMAZING. Some artists focus on one passage from a text, others summarize an entire work, but they all re-tell a story in wonderful images.

The artists on display here draw from a staggering diversity of backgrounds, including erotic comics, mainstream houses, Disney and self-published blogs. This leads to some interesting combinations of genres: Frederick Douglass rendered in 1960s-style American protest poster art; the Bennets in Pride and Prejudice portrayed as clear-line Grecian figures and Mary Shelley’s “The Mortal Immortal” as a sleek 80s comic. Continue reading “Book | The Graphic Canon (volume II) ed. Russ Kick”