Wonderful Writers: Marjane Satrapi

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Hi All! Wonderful Writers is a weekly segment that comes out every Wednesday! Every week I spotlight and discuss one of my favorite authors, books by them, and talk about their writing styles and such. I hope you’ll enjoy. Feel free to participate as well by writing your own post and as always you are welcome to use the meme/pic if you’d like (just remember to credit me).

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About: Satrapi is an Iranian-born French graphic novelist, illustrator, film director, and children’s book author. Satrapi became well-known worldwide because of her critically acclaimed autobiographical graphic novels Persepolis and Persepolis 2 which was translated into English. She also co-written and co-directed the film adaptation of Persepolis that was released in 2007. Her graphic novel Embroideries was also nominated for the Angoulême Album of the Year award in 2003, an award which was won by her novel, Chicken with Plums.

What I’ve Read (So Far):

  • Persepolis 1&2

Why She’s A Wonderful Writer:

Satrapi first caught my attention with her graphic novels Persepolis and Persepolis 2, which describe her childhood in Iran and her adolescence in Europe. Her story was intriguing and inspiring to me. I admire her strong-willed personality I saw throughout the novel as well as her speeches in person. She is very outspoken and through her novels and films and through these mediums she has managed to not only share her own story, but expand her readers’ minds to the world.

I highly recommend also watching the film adaptation of Persepolis and that fact that it has been a banned book means that this story as well as her other works make them even more powerful and need to be read by students and adults alike.

Have you read any of Satrapi’s novels or seen her films? Comment below!

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