Internationally renowned author Marjane Satrapi came to campus Tuesday, Nov. 4, for a lively conversation about Persepolis, her best-selling novel and this year’s Common Reading assignment. The free public event was held at 4 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom and was followed by a special book signing.
The event is co-sponsored by the Common Reading Committee and Discovering Global Citizenship, part of the university’s Quality Enhancement Program (QEP).
As part of the TCU First-Year Experience, the Common Reading requires all freshmen to read, discuss and write about a piece of literature selected by faculty and staff. Persepolis is the first graphic novel to be chosen for the Common Reading.
Persepolis is Satrapi’s memoir of her childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, and it is simultaneously a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression. Through the form of a black-and-white graphic novel, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to 14 — years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The book was adapted into a feature film of the same name in 2007.
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