Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi

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Four stars, read September 2013.

I’m really becoming a fan of the graphic memoir genre. I thoroughly enjoyed this, even though the translation seemed a little clumsy and the illustrations were awkward in places (I mostly just couldn’t stop rolling my eyes every time a character held up one forefinger in the air while pontificating about something, because really… who does that?). It’s a fascinating story, obviously, but an important one, too. Religious extremism is such a terrifying thing, not least because everyone thinks it’s only other people’s religions that are the problem.

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Published 2007. Subject of a huge kerfuffle in Chicago in 2013, when the school system—seemingly without any sense of irony—ordered its removal from all classrooms for “graphic illustrations and language.”

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