Tuesday, November 12, 2013
7:00 PM to
Concordia University, St. Paul presents, Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a collection of novels and memoirs that give a glimpse of what life is like for children and adults living in Muslim-majority societies.
During the 2013-14 academic year Concordia will hold discussions titled "Points of View", featuring five titles in this collection. The selected titles open doors to the experiences of adults and children living in Muslim-majority societies and demonstrate the rich diversity of experience and variety of Muslim opinions, and help recognize and confirm shared values.
The second book in the year-long series to be discussed is Marjane Satrapi's memoir "Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood". (New York: Pantheon Books, 2003)
Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's inventive, wry, and tragic memoir of growing up in Tehran in the 1980s—the tumultuous years when the Islamic Revolution took hold in Iran and the country fought off an invasion from neighboring Iraq. Using a striking black-and-white comic strip format, Satrapi chronicles daily life from the perspective of a middle-class schoolchild, as well as cataclysmic events such as the overthrow of the shah and the long, bloody war with Iraq. Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the personal costs of war and repression, convincingly related by a perceptive girl caught up in the raging currents of history who also has time to listen to Michael Jackson and dream of a better life. In the aftermath of the Arab Spring of 2011, Persepolis feels even more timely, insightful, and essential.
Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.