Marjane Satrapi

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Marjane Satrapi is the internationally-renowned author and illustrator of the bestselling graphic novel, Persepolis. Satrapi attended the 2010 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

She was born in 1969 in Rasht, on the edge of the Caspian Sea. She grew up in Tehran, where she studied at the Lycée Français, before leaving for Vienna and, later, Strasbourg to study Decorative Arts.

In 1997, Satrapi moved to Paris, where she met Christophe Blain, who brought her into l’Atelier des Vosges, home to many of France’s celebrated ‘new wave’ of comic book artists. There, she regaled her fellow artists with amazing stories of her family. After listening to her stories and seeing her drawings, they kept asking why she was waiting to put her life in the pages of a comic book.

Persepolis received much critical acclaim and won several prestigious comic book awards. It was chosen by the Young Adult Library Association as one of its recommended titles for all students. The animated film adaptation of Persepolis won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Satrapi’s other books include Embroideries, Chicken with Plums. She is also the author of several children’s books, including Monsters are Afraid of the Moon and The Sigh.