Each year Memphis Reads uses a good book to introduce first-year students to the university
community and to our shared mission to explore ideas and broaden horizons. Join students
and faculty members from across the university in reading this year's selection, Marjane
Satrapi's The Complete Persepolis, an autobiographical novel that looks like a comic book. It tells a moving and funny
story about life in Iran during the Islamic revolution in the 1970s and 1980s as seen
through the eyes of a spirited girl. As Luc Sante wrote in his New York Times review of the book, "it is wildly charming. Satrapi's voice is an artfully artless as
her graphic style, never giving any indication of effort or calculation but simply
communicating, in a way that feels unmediated, like a letter from a friend, in this
case a wonderful friend: honest, strong-willed, funny, tender, impulsive, self-aware."
Stay tuned for news about activities related to Persepolis, including a screening
of the film version of Persepolis (which Satrapi co-wrote and co-directed). Other
campus-wide discussions and activities will explore the questions that the book raises
about revolution, political repression, and individual freedom.