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A Reader’s Guide to Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis

Series: Multicultural Literature

By Heather Lee Schroeder

Reviewers do not always know quite how to approach Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel PERSEPOLIS. Is it a memoir? A novel? A comic book? Ultimately, while one can debate the category of PERSEPOLIS, there is no denying that the work has sparked discussion where little had existed before. It offers a glimpse into ways of life in Iran that had been a mystery to Western audiences prior to its creation. With recent political events, interest in Iran and its people has never been greater.

Library Ed.978-0-7660-3166-1$34.27$25.70

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"A fabulous companion to the novel for teachers and students alike . . ."

Southern Maine Library District, May 10, 2011

"This series provides an accessible introduction to literary criticism for novels currently studied in many high schools . . . a definite purchase for those schools that have adopted these works as part of the curriculum."

Library Media Connection, May/June 2010

"Students of literature will appreciate these dense but useful discussions of notable titles popular with young adult audiences."

The Horn Book Guide, Fall 2010

"These excellent books analyze works of literature, describe the cultural contexts in which they are set, and provide biographical information."

School Library Journal, August 2010

"An excellent addition to literary criticism collections."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, May 2010

"The book provides high school readers with a cultural, historical, and literary context for reading and understanding Satrapi’s work . . . an excellent resource for students who are unfamiliar with Satrapi’s genre, culture, or religion . . . This is highly recommended for high school and young adult readers."

Children's Literature

"Easy to understand and navigate, this book would be the perfect addition to any high school multicultural literature or global issues class. A very informative and enlightening read."

Southwest Ohio and Neighboring Libraries, July 12, 2010

"These guides to selected multicultural works of fiction are geared to the high school student engaged in the study of great literature classics in the classroom. Their work is considered in the context of each author's biographical background, and links are established between life events and the authors' writing. Literary devices and techniques are explained in relationship to the work being discussed."

MultiCultural Review, Fall 2010

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