TONITE: No Sleep ‘Til Persepolis


FREE LIBRARY: Join us for an exciting performance by Udi Bar David, Philadelphia Orchestra cellist and Director of Intercultural Journeys, and Kazem Davoudian, Iranian composer and santur virtuoso. Also appearing will be daf and tonbak musician Kave Mazhari. The evening will feature a special greeting from author Marjane Satrapi and will conclude with a screening of her acclaimed film adaptation of The Complete Persepolis. This event will take place in The Montgomery Auditorium. MORE

RELATED: The One Book, One Philadelphia Selection Committee has chosen Marjane Satrapi’s The Complete Persepolis as the featured selection for 2010. Originally published in France in two volumes, The Complete Persepolis is Satrapi’s poignant, humorous, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during a time of political revolution and repression. An outspoken and imaginative child, Satrapi grappled with understanding the ruling power in her country as she witnessed the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the Islamic Revolution’s triumph, and the chilling impact of war with Iraq. Detailed in black-and-white graphic images and accompanied by brief text, Satrapi’s story continues through her years as a young adult, as she finds her way as an expatriate student in Austria. Her first-person point of view presents readers with a unique glimpse into Iran’s political repression, the inner-workings of a family, and one woman’s experience as an outsider both at home and abroad. MORE

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