Review of 'Persepolis 2' by Marjane Satrapi, Jonathan Cape £12.99
Marjane Satrapi's outstanding biography continues with this bittersweet graphic novel. In 1984 a 14 year old Marjane managed to leave the repressive Iran of the Mullahs to continue her education in Europe. The first part of the book deals with her years in Austria in which she copes with the disorientation of puberty and the temptations of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. The most charming scenes in this section are her ventures into politics. Her encounter with an 'anarchist revolutionary group' turns out to be a nothing more than a good natured barbecue in the Viennese woods.