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Tuesday, September 21, 2004
When Westerners hear anything about Muslim culture, it's typically outsider alarmism. But a work in which we actually hear from those who live in a religious regime and under the veil is all too rare. And that's why Marjane Satrapi's new graphic novel, Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, is all the more amazing. Satrapi's autobiographical cartoons trace her life from the time she fled Iran's fundamentalist culture (chronicled in her first book, the best-selling Persepolis) to live a life of wild freedom, absurd prejudice, and abject hunger in Austria to the years after she returned, homesick, to the country of her birth, fully aware of the privileges -- and the disadvantages -- she left behind. Climb inside the mind of a courageous, conflicted woman when Satrapi reads from Persepolis 2 at 12:30 p.m. at Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 421-4687 or visit www.staceys.com.


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