Marjane Satrapi Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


Marjane Satrapi

Birthday :

November 22, 1969

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Graphic Novelist, Cartoonist

Birth Place :

Rasht, Gilan, Iran

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Marjane Satrapi is a covetedIranian born French author, film director, graphic novelist, cartoonist and illustrator. Born on November 22, 1969, Marjane Satrapi is best known for her work Persepolis, 2011, Chicken With Plums, 2011, and The Voices in 2014. Marjane Satrapi has also ventured into films, directing films like Voices in 2014 and Gang of the Jotas in 2014. Her books Persepolis and Chicken with Plums have been adapted into films.

Early Life

Marjane Satrapi was born on Marjane Satrapi in Rasht, Iran and grew up in Tehran among the middle class. After the Iranian Revolution and the strict measures introduced by the new regime, especially for women, Marjane Satrapi parents fear she may fall foul to such rules and therefore sent her abroad for her education. Marjane Satrapi had previously found herself breaking the modesty law and purchasing music banned by the then government. Marjane Satrapi was sent to Vienna, Austria, where Marjane Satrapi started her education at Lycee Francais de Vienne.

In her autobiographic novel, Persepolis, Marjane stated that Marjane Satrapi stayed with her friends throughout her high school days but also had to spend two months on the streets. Marjane Satrapi suffered near fatal pneumonia and therefore returned to Iran. While there, Marjane Satrapi studied visual communication and later earned her master’s degree from Islamic Azad University in Tehran.




Graphic Novels

Marjane Satrapi launched her career, after meeting with meeting with French comic artist, David Beauchard who served as her teacher and mentor. Marjane Satrapi gained popularity with her autobiographical graphic novel, Persepolis, which was published in French from 2000 to 2003. The book, which originally came in four parts, was translated into English in two parts in 2003 and 2004 as Persepolis and Persepolis 2. Persepolis talks about Marjane's early life in Iran and adolescent in Europe. The book won her the Angouleme Coup de Coeur Award at the Angouleme International Comics Festival.

Her other works include Embroideries (Broderies), Chicken with Plums, which won the Angouleme Album of the Year Award in 2003, Sagesses et malices de la Perse, Le Monstres n'aiment  pas la lune, Ulysse au pays des fous, Ajdar and Le Soupir. His English works also include Monsters Are Afraid of the Moon and The Sigh. Marjane also contributed to The New York Time’s Op-Ed section.



Marjane Satrapi has also ventured into films with his work Persepolis being adapted into an animated film bearing the same name. The film, which had a French and an English version made a debut at the Cannes Films Festival in May 2007 and shared the Special Jury Prize with the Carlos Reygadas’s film Silent Light. The English version was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2008. It was very successful commercially with over a million sales in France only and won the Best First Film at the Cesar Awards in 2008. The novel Chicken with Plums was also adapted into a film in collaboration with Paronaud in 2011. She directed and acted in the crime comedy film Gang of the Jotas in 2012. Marjane also directed the comedy-horror film, Voices in 2014.


Personal Life

Marjane Satrapi has been married twice, first at age 21 to Reza, an Iran-Iraq War veteran. They divorced some few years after their marriage. Marjane Satrapi then married a Swedish national, Mattias Ripa. She speaks German, Swedish, English, French and Persian.



Marjane Satrapi has won several awards including the Angoulene Coup de Coeur Award for Persepolis, Angouleme Best Comic Book Award for Poulet aux prunes, Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Best Animation at the Lost Angeles Film Critics Association, "Most Valuable Movie of the Year" at the Cinema for Peace Award and Gat Perich Award.

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