Wednesday, November 9, 2011


On November 22, 1969, Marjane Satrapi was born in Rasht, Iran.

On January 16, 1979, the Shah left Iran in exile. 

From 2000-2003, the four parts of Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel Persepolis were published by the French publisher L'Association.

In 2003 and 2004, Pantheon published the English language translation of Persepolis, this time divided into two books. 

Today, my Creative Reading class read the "Moscow" chapter of Persepolis. It's about the first time Marjane meets her uncle Anoosh. Uncle Anoosh tells her stories, and explains to Marjane that she must remember these things, because this is her family history. She promises to remember. Anoosh dies in the next chapter, but I'm sure he would be pleased to know that she brought these stories of her family to life for thousands of readers. How strange is it that a random group of teenagers in Cincinnati have read about the Russian woman who broke Anoosh's heart? 

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