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Chicken with Plums

Chicken with Plums

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By (author) Marjane Satrapi

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 84 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 221mm x 15mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 14 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375714758
  • ISBN 13: 9780375714757
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 57,270

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""Chicken with Plums" is a feast you'll devour." --"Newsweek "Acclaimed graphic artist Marjane Satrapi brings what has become her signature humor and insight, her keen eye and ear, to the heartrending story of a celebrated Iranian musician who gives up his life for music and love. When Nasser Ali Khan, the author's great-uncle, discovers that his beloved instrument is irreparably damaged, he takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all its pleasures. Over the course of the week that follows, we are treated to vivid scenes of his encounters with family and friends, flashbacks to his childhood, and flash-forwards to his children's future. And as the pieces of his story fall into place, we begin to understand the breadth of his decision to let go of life. The poignant story of one man, it is also stunningly universal--a luminous tale of life and death, and the courage and passion both require of us.

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Author information

Marjane Satrapi was born in Rasht, Iran. She now lives in Paris, where she is a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers throughout the world, including "The New Yorker" and "The New York Times." She is also the author of several children's books, the memoir "Embroideries," and the internationally best-selling and award-winning comic book autobiography in two parts, "Persepolis" and "Persepolis 2." She co-wrote and co-directed the Academy Award-nominated animated film version of "Persepolis."

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Praise for "Persepolis "and "Persepolis 2 " "A mighty achievement [and] an inspiring coming-of-age story." --"USA Today " "Delectable . . . Dances with drama and insouciant wit." --"New York Times Book Review " "It is virtually impossible to read "Persepolis "without falling in love." --"Baltimore Sun" "One of the freshest and most original memoirs of our day. [Satrapi's] is a voice calling out to the rest of us, reminding us to embrace this child's fervent desire that human dignity reign supreme." --"Los Angeles Times" " ""Cause for celebration . . . Superb." --"Philadelphia Inquirer ""Delightful . . . It is our good fortune that Satrapi has never stopped visiting Iran in her mind." --"Newsweek" Praise for "Embroideries " "Stories of sex, love and marriage, ranging from the disheartening to hysterically funny . . . "Embroideries "generates a flavorful mix of perspectives with engaging, fully fleshed-out characters." --"The Miami Herald " "Tantalizing . . . Bold, bewitchingly humorous and politically astute." --"Elle ""As funny, opinionated, controversial, and surprising as any good comic or conversation should be." --"" "Subversive . . . Satrapi's book is a mocking rebuke to the cult of chastity, and a statement about the way human passions find their way around the most determined repression." --"Salon " "From the Hardcover edition."