Persepolis depicts Satrapi's childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, while Persepolis 2 depicts her high school years in Vienna, Austria, including her subsequent return to Iran where she attends college, marries, and later divorces before moving to France. Hence, the series is not only a memoir, but a Bildungsroman. Persepolis 1 was written in 2000 and Persepolis 2 was written in 2004. Satrapi uses Persepolis 1 and 2 to describe her life experiences with her Iranian background and how the Iranian Revolution shaped her life and the lives of her friends and family. The novel narrates “counter-historical narratives that are mostly unknown by a Western reading public.” Persepolis is a reminder of the “precarity of survival” in political and social situations such as those faced by Satrapi as a child in Iran.
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