Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

ORI Selection Summer 2009

The Oswego Reading Initiative (ORI) is pleased to announce The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi as the selection for summer 2009. Each year the members of the SUNY Oswego campus and the Oswego community get together to identify a book to read during the summer.  This book also becomes the focus of discussions for some of the courses in the following academic year with many events outside of the classroom that relate to it as well.

Persepolis tells the story of Marjane Satrapi’s youth living through the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq. It is funny, witty, and at times very sad, but it is Marjane’s life told in a very popular genre of graphic novels. This book is above all an extraordinary coming of age story, especially, when you read her life path in Vienna as teenager and return to Iran and the vivid display of her feeling displaced and trying disparately to fit in. It is a story not just about a region of the world that we need to know more about but a story that we felt our incoming first year students would connect with. Persepolis has won many awards and Satrapi's genius in use of the drawings when telling this story, without question, comes to light from page one.

We offer a number of programs during the academic year that connect to the ORI selection. Persepolis is an easy book to find connecting activities for; look for these program that range from talks about Islam and Iran to presentations by experts on graphic novels, and performances by artists.

Please consider reading the white paper by Dr. Said Atri, Professor of Economics at SUNY Oswego.

The flyer inviting students to read the book.