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Bookends: AutoGraphics

Gillian Whitlock

in Soft Weapons

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780226895253
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226895277 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226895277.003.0009
Bookends: AutoGraphics

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Salam Pax recognizes a kindred spirit in Marjane Satrapi's Marji. Pax believes that Satrapi's Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood is a beautiful book. Satrapi's comics can be read in association with the contemporary formation of Iranian exilic literature. Her book is shaped by a period of totalitarian control and censorship in Iran: the revolution of 1979 and the Islamist theocracy that followed. She utilizes the child's view to cut things to size and to put the veil into a different frame. Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return provides an Iranian and Islamic genesis for Satrapi's distinctive cartooning. A number of things about Pax's enthusiasm for Persepolis are indicative of the life narratives that have been characterized as soft weapons. Salam Pax describes this book as a book that makes him wince and made emotional demands on him that are hard to bear.

Keywords: Salam Pax; Marjane Satrapi; Marji; Persepolis; cartooning; Iran

Chapter.  6156 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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