Persepolis Graphic Novel BANNED – our review

Posted on 16 March 2013 by Mike-EL

Public schools in Chicago are banning Persepolis. Here is our review of Marjane Satrapi’s ground breaking graphic novel.

Originally published in French in 2000, Persepolis tells the autobiographical story of Satrapi’s childhood in Iran during the Islamic revolution. It has received almost universal critical acclaim since its release, even being included in TIME magazine’s ‘Best Comics of 2003’.

On March 14 2013, retired public school teacher Fred Klonsky reported that library officials in Chicago received word to pull Persepolis from their shelves.

Here is the email that was released:

email ban

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You can read about the controversy on Fredy Klonsky’s Blog where we’re sure you can stay up to date on the situation as it unfolds.

Censorship or just a legal issue with the publisher? As the story continues to unfold, we look back at our review of this modern classic; an excellent utilization of a simplistic ‘childlike’ storytelling style to tell a horrific tale of war, torture and oppression.

Watch the review here: