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- Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 44mm | 420g
- Publication date: 4 September 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0224087401
- ISBN 13: 9780224087407
- Sales rank: 57,548
From the bestselling author of Persepolis comes this humorous and enlightening look at the sex lives of Iranian women. Embroideries gathers together Marjane's tough-talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbours for an afternoon of tea-drinking and talk. Naturally, the subject turns to loves, sex and vagaries of men...
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Marjane Satrapi was born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran. She grew up in Tehran, where she studied at the French school, before leaving for Vienna and then Strasbourg to study illustration. She has written several children's books and her commentary and illustrations appear in newspapers and magazines around the world, including the New Yorker and the New York Times. She is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning graphic novel autobiography in two parts, Persepolis and Persepolis 2, also a major international motion picture. She currently lives in Paris.
By Mark Thwaite 10 Dec 2008
Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis: The Story Of An Iranian Childhood was a phenomenal success story both here, in Europe, and throughout the world (it was turned into a pretty good film too). The critically acclaimed autobiographical graphic novels described Satrapi's childhood in Iran and her adolescence in Europe with considerable wit, elan and humour.
Her latest book, Embroideries, reads like a lost chapter from Persepolis. We find ourselves at home with Marjane's "tough-talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbours for an afternoon of tea-drinking and talk." No men here, so the talk inevitable turns to male uselessnes, sex, relationships and love.
Embroideries is lively, funny, sometimes daringly explicit little volume, but compared with Persepolis it is pretty slight. Its narrative tension, or what little there is of it, turns on the banality that, behind closed doors, even Iranian women talk explicitly about intimate subjects, which is hardly news. If you need to be reminded that wearing a veil doesn't prevent you from being sassy and opinionated, then you might learn something here. For the rest of us Embroideries is honest, entertaining and very occassionally laugh-out-loud funny, but it isn't the storming follow-up to Persepolis what we'd been waiting for.
"This is a book to provoke and entertain" -- Peter Millar The Times "Satrapi's drawings are sparing and highly stylised; she is able to render nuances of expression with simple, bold strokes... The stories are wittily told and show a side of life in Iran that is unknown to outsiders" -- Lydia Adetunji Financial Times "A daring and brilliantly calculated illumination of a secret space... Though Embroideries is not a continuation of the Persepolis story, it sits at the heart of the same world - a brutally policed society where an extraordinarily rich and inventive culture still prevails, if only behind closed doors, where women are wildly subversive, funny, free-thinking and sexy" -- Maureen Freely Guardian "This is Sex and the City, Middle-Eastern style - outrageous, explicit and funny" -- Kelly Knox Time Out