Persepolis The Story of a Childhood & Persepolis The Story of a Return - Marjane Satrapi

I believe Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novels are a great lesson on the price of freedom. I find it very enlightening how many similes exist between the dictatorship in Iran and the dictatorship in Cuba. How young couples used to marry, despite their best wishes, just to conform with the regime (same as in Democratic Germany). How personal liberties are suppressed to non existence. How people worry on a daily basis only on basic goods, such as food and soap, forgetting thus their social conscience and mistaking the absence of war as happiness. How there is no opposition, because they’ve systematically tortured, maimed and executed their political prisoners. How the regime has a doctorate on twisting the truth and manipulating the media. How a millenarian culture as the Persian culture can be diminished to “terrorists and fundamentalists” because of who their rulers are, while their people live their truth in silence and fear.

Those who have read Orwell and have lived under a totalitarian government surely agree that reality exceeds fiction, and what a heartbreaking image it is to see the world play blind in the face of such cruelty and inhumanity. Because in the game of geopolitics, an intervention in the name of human rights must always be preceded by an economic benefit, otherwise the intervention is not justified and the country shall be neglected by the international “community”. My heart aches for these countries and their people, abandoned to their own luck. I pray they will one day know freedom and claim their countries their own.


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