Friday, July 31, 2015

Early Life of Marjane Satrapi (U.G)

From the graphic novel: Persepolis
Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in the city of Rasht, Iran. Marjane's parents were quite westernized in terms of their beliefs. Marjane was the only child of the well educated parents-Ebi Satrapi, Marjane's father was an engineer and Marjane's mother- Taji Satrapi was a clothing designer. Marjane's grandfather was part of the Qajar Dynasty who was known as the prince of the dynasty he was later imprisoned and his family was overthrown (Hattenstone, 2008). 

Both of Marjane's parents were quite active in politics and were in support of Marxist, a form a societal analysis (Hattenstone, 2008). 

Iranian Revolution 1979.
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In her childhood, Marjane got exposed to the bitter realities of the Iranian regimes. She even witnessed several of her family-friends getting arrested, murdered and persecuted. Marjane admired her uncle, Anoosh, who was a political prisoner and her uncle also cared deeply for Marjane, to the extent of treating her as his own daughter. However, shortly her great uncle Anoosh was arrested and executed, which had a great impact on Marjane as she they were very close (Luebering, 2015).

In her early teenage years, Marjane was a troublesome teen breaking rules and getting in trouble with the police (Luebering, 2015).

Here is a link to a video of Marjane Satrapi reflecting on her early life. Marjane Satrapi Reflecting (Beginnings: Marjane Satrapi, 2012).

Beginnings: Marjane Satrapi. (2012). Retrieved from Nowness:
Hattenstone, S. (2008). Confessions of Miss Mischief. Retrieved from The Guardian:

Luebering, J. (2015). Marjane Satrapi. Retrieved from Britannica:


  1. The following article talks about the Iranian revolution of 1979 from the eyes of a 10 year old, Marjane Satrapi. I personally found the article to be quite interesting.

  2. This post really gives me a sense of what Marjane's childhood must have been like, especially since I can relate to her politically-driven family haha. Thanks Umair, you did a great job breaking her childhood down! I find it super interesting that in the video you posted, she talks about how all of her childhood heros were always people who were cool, because I remember being exactly the same way. I like that she grew up to be someone very cool herself! There are a ton of very cool female comic creators on the scene today, and one of my personal favourites is Jillian Tamaki, who's Canadian. She deals a lot with the idea of being cool in her webcomic Super Mutant Magic Academy, and if you have the chance you should check it out! You can read most of it here: