Excerpt from Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon Books, June 2003). The “graphic memoir”- a memoir in comic strips – tells the story of the author's life growing up in Iran in the 1970s and 80s. Satrapi was the daughter of Marxist intellectuals, and the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor, and the story she tells is the really powerful story of what it was like, from a child's perspective, to grow up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq. She lives in Paris, France. Persepolis was first published to wide acclaim in France, where it won several prestigeous comic-book awards. It has been translated into five other languages. See introduction.