From the best–selling author of Persepolis comes this gloriously entertaining and enlightening look into the sex lives of Iranian women. Marji, the child narrator of Marjane Satrapi’s powerful cartoon novel, Persepolis, is now a young woman in her early twenties. Where Persepolis was a political. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi.

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Urhunden Prize for Foreign Album It was a quick, light humorous read, a lighthearted look at serious topics. View all 5 comments.

Persepolis provided insights into the social and political life in Iran during the Mohammad-Reza Shah regime and the subsequent Iranian revolution. In Embroideries the art was not as carefully done looked slapped together, too hectic embgoideries times as in her Persepolis series, but I still enjoyed the story.

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Sure, it grants an interesting insight into Iranian culture with a much needed focus on Iranian women but, all in all, the comic is too short and superficial to have really satisfied me. I was equally fascinated, but a feeling of Western feminist frustration clouded the amazing sense of fun given off by the stories. Here are a few of my favorite talks between Marjane’s tough-talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbors: I wasn’t amazed by it but it did the job.

Sep 12, Nat rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ultimately, if you’d be interested in having a lively chat over tea with women regarding their life experiences, this is an excellent book. Oct 10, Serena. The charm of the book is in its simplicity of narration. She goes on to explain. The illustrations are full of energy, from a panel showing before and after shots of family nose jobs, to a cute story of the author’s childhood biscuit ‘n’ cigarette stand where she hustled with a cousin to get enough money for an operation on her grandmother’s “super ugly” nose.


Only when the women have retired to the sitting room to enjoy their teas are they ready for the most important business of the day: Her motto here is: Damn, Satrapi never stops to amaze mqrjane and make you laugh at the same time. Or the girl who married an old man when she was thirteen years old?

This way, everyone is happy! It was quite easy to relate to these women and their way of talking – gossip, after all, is the same all around the world. To put it plainly, Embroideries was all I could have wanted from Marjane Satrapi and yet The women try to get good husbands, have good sex and lead exciting lives under harsh social restrictions, even going as far as to have the “embroidery” a vaginal tightening surgery meant to simulate the feeling of virginity of the title, but there is not a sense of judgment in Satrapi’s framing of the stories, simply a fascination with the subject.

No wonder I tore though this new collection by Marjane Satrapi in less than an hour.

The ridiculousness of the prevalent sexual mores is self-evident, but Satrapi also does little to explore either the reasons for these or the implications of other possible attitudes. I really did feel like I was sitting with Marji and the other Iranian women sharing personal struggles, secrets, heartbreak and tea. When a married man comes to his mistress Return to Book Page. Persepolis was my first literary introduction to Iranian culture.

For instance, what about the elderly woman who though long-married and the embrojderies of four has never seen a penis?

Marjane Satrapi “Embroideries” – Words Without Borders

If you’ve read her graphic memoir you would already know that Marjane Satrapi was born in in Rasht, Iran. Through the eyes of a 21st century British feminist, the women’s ideas of empowerment and control in relationships are a little tough to swallow, but embtoideries something embroideriws powerful in the way these stories are told to us: And the story begin The Story of a Childhood and Persepolis 2: Persepolis was so good and Embroideries is no less.


The scene is Tehran in madjane early s. The first Persepolis had a large agenda clearly stated in the preface: The setting is a Tehran Kaffeeklatsch well, a tea-klatscha gathering of women presided over by Marjane’s grandmother.

View all 99 comments. I was happy to find this one and another of her works. From the best—selling author of Persepolis comes this maruane entertaining and enlightening look into the sex lives of Iranian women. Satrapi grew up in Tehran in a family which was involved with communist and socialist movements in Iran prior to the Iranian Revolution.

Furthermore, the comic displays homophobic statements which are not called out.

Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

July Carrie Jones nonfiction Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi Sex and secrets are the best topics for any conversation between friends. Marjane’s grandmother advises taking a razorblade into the marriage bed.

The older women discuss what they’ve done to become sexy and powerful and the discussion turns toward plastic surgery. Lists with This Book. In this book, Satrapi didn’t use the panel frames she uses in Persepolis and embroiderues are common in graphic novels, the drawings are all over the page, less constrained. But not just that, they all mrajane a tale to tell. Dec 26, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: The potential is fantastic to really delve into the beliefs and traditions surrounding these topics.

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