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Marjane Satrapi
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    (1969- )
    Born in Rasht, Iran
    Currently lives in France
    Wrote autobiographical graphic novels ‘Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood’ (2003), ‘Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return’ (2004) and ‘Embroideries’ (2005)
    Co-wrote and directed animated film ‘Persepolis’ (winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes 2007 Film Festival)
    She had a wealthy, privileged childhood.
    Her parents gave her a comic about dialectical materialism.
    Fearing her outspokenness after the Iranian revolution, her parents sent her abroad at age 14.
    Homesickness brought her back to Iran four years later.
    She went through a punk rock phase as a teen.
    She described George W. Bush as no better than a mullah.
    Iranian officials predictably call her work ‘Islamophobic.’
    She often swears during interviews.
    She loves Paris because there she can smoke wherever she pleases.
    She is the great-great-granddaughter of the Shah of Persia (1848-1896).
    She was a tomboy and Bruce Lee fan growing up.
    After the Iranian revolution, she was forced to wear the veil and lost many basic rights.
    Her uncle was tortured for speaking against the Ayatollah.
    She lived on the street for two months during an Austrian winter.
    She hates George W. Bush but admires the energy and optimism of Americans.
    She dislikes the term ‘graphic novel’ and calls herself a cartoonist.
    She volunteers for the International Federation of Human Rights.
    She wants her work to ‘remind people that this guy who you are about to throw bombs on, he’s exactly like you. He has a family, has love, has hopes.’

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