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Marjane Satrapi (Born 1969)

Best known for her graphic novels, Marjane Satrapi was born in Rasht and grew up in Tehran. In 1997 Satrapi moved to Paris where she was introduced to l’Atelier des Vosges, a group of France’s most celebrated comic book artists, and it was here that she was encouraged to write about her dramatic childhood amidst the Iranian Revolution. Published as Persepolis (2000), this series of four volumes explores Satrapi’s childhood and teenage years in Iran and in Vienna, depicting conflict and political turbulence from a child’s perspective. Received with international acclaim, Persepolis was voted one of the ‘Best Comics of 2003’ in Time magazine and featured in ‘100 Best Books of the Decade’ by The Times (London). Persepolis was also adapted into an animated film which also received many global accolades.


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