In Marjane Satrapi’s 2004 memoir, Persepolis:The Story of a Childhood, we read about the life of a young, passionate girl with revolutionary parents during the return to Islamic fundamentalism and then war with Iraq in Teheran, Iran. While stark reports and evening news pundits tend to be our main method of understanding conflict in the Middle East, Persepolis is a compelling graphic novel that explains the history through one family’s struggle. From the perspective of a girl (soon becoming a teenager), Satrapi’s story unveils the emotions of anger, disbelief, fear, pride, and horror that sometimes are unmentionables after an experience of grief–and though the book seems to end prematurely, you can follow Satrapi’s experience in Persepolis 2: A Story of Return.
About the Author: Abigail Browning
Abigail Browning, Founder and Managing Editor, a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, received her MFA in Poetry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Abigail has poems either published or forthcoming in the Yemassee Journal Online, The Greensboro Review, Linebreak, and RHINO Poetry. In addition, she was honored to receive the Amon Liner Poetry Award, the Noel Callow/Academy of American Poets’ Prize, and was a finalist for the Linda Flowers NC Arts Prize. She also has a passion for jazz music and dance, and teaches swing-era dances in her free time: www.abigailbrowning.com. Currently, she is studying Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media as a PhD at NC State in Raleigh, NC.