Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

persepolisMarjane Satrapi was a girl who lived in Iran through the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war. Her story was narrated when she was about ten years old, in 1978, when the Revolution begun. This is strictly authobiographical, rendered as a memoir of childhood and young aduldhood. Young Marjane didn’t exactly understand what was going on, although her parents tried to explain it to her. They said Mohammad Reza Pahlavi–who was also commonly known as the Shah, was brainwashing Iran – a Muslim country to get secular with their religion and start persuaded by Western ideals. He was also corrupt, and the only reason he was Shah was because the other countries needed the oil.

There were many political problems at that time. Everybody started to riot, wanting the Shah to get off the throne. Others started to get closer with religion out of fear, going back to square one. Woman was required to wear a veil, although most of them protested, refusing to wear it. Riots came to the point of people using guns to shoot.  The cinema which was playing western movies was burnt down. The police were at the spot, but instead of helping the people who were inside the cinema, they forbid people to help them. There were at least 400 deaths.

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