Series #: Persepolis, Vol. 2
Genre: Nonfiction, Autobiography, Graphic Novels
Original Publication Date: 2001
Read: 17 May 2016
Summary: The second part of the Persepolis story, Marjane Satrapi is now attending school in Europe, and dealing with culture shock and coming-of-age at the same time. At the end of her schooling in Austria, Satrapi decides to move back home to Iran, too homesick for her family and too cognizant of what she considers her “failure” to remain in Austria. Dealing with Iran is difficult, too, though, and she struggles with her ideologies and self-expression in the culture of female repression.
Review: As someone who has lived abroad for the past couple of years and who comes from a family as close as Marjane Satrapi’s, I know how hard it is to suffer culture shock and homesickness. I, too, plan on returning home for graduation, although I won’t have to deal with the severe changes to my hometown on my return. Like Satrapi, I’ve dealt with personal growth and change that takes place outside the knowledge of family and friends and struggling with the return to home and the expectations that go along with it. I enjoyed part 2 of Persepolis much more than the first part, although at times Satrapi was acting childish and I was annoyed about it.
Recommendation: This volume is part two of the Complete Persepolis, so it is best to read volume/part one first.
Edition Publication Date: 2005
Edition ISBN: 9780375714665