Beneath A Drawn Veil

What does it mean when a comic book does a better job conveying the true predicament of Iran than the leaders of the free world and the best efforts of its free press? Perhaps it means that Marjane Satrapi, the author of the autobiography Persepolis (Jonathan Cape; 153 pages), is not distracted by the contradictions that riddle Iran. In black-and-white ink drawings, she presents the memories of her childhood — the repressive morality police marching the streets, the Iraqi F-14 jets streaking past the window panes, and the parties, intellectual debates and love stories carried on behind closed doors. Most importantly,...

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