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U of M Selects The Complete Persepolis for Summer Reading Program University News
For release: June 1, 2009

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The Complete Persepolis
Freshmen at the University of Memphis will be reading The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi this year. The graphic novel is the selection of Memphis Reads, the University’s common reading program, in which all incoming freshmen read a designated book during the summer. The book is required reading for certain courses and will be the topic of discussions, lectures, and other events on campus throughout the academic year.

The Complete Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. It depicts the contradiction between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; her high school years in Vienna; her homecoming, both the sweet and terrible; and finally, of her self-imposed exile from her homeland.

“Satrapi tells us about her life growing up in revolutionary Iran, and she does this in such a captivating format ¬– as a graphic novel,” says a reviewer. “This is a book that you’ll have a hard time putting down. It’s captivating; you’ll find passages that will make you laugh, and others that will make you cry. It will give students a little foundation on Iran, a better understanding of the culture, and a better appreciation of an area of the world that is so misunderstood.”

Everyone is invited to read the book this summer and to think of it as a point of connection linking the community and the University of Memphis. More information is available online at

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