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Author Profile: Marjane Satrapi

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Where she comes from & where she is now: Satrapi was born in Rasht, Iran and grew up as the strong-willed and rambunctious daughter of two politically active parents. She now lives in Paris, France.

Where she studied: Satrapi’s parents sent her to high school in Vienna, as they worried about her propensity for breaking the public codes with strict rules for women. She attended the attended the Lycée Français de Vienne. She returned to Iran to complete her masters at the Islamic Azad University in Tehran.

You might know her from: Satrapi is a frequent contributor to magazines and news publications, including the New Yorker and the New York Times. She also cowrote and codirected the animated feature film version of Persepolis, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

When she was not writing: In addition to codirecting the animated film version of Persepolis, Satrapi is directing other films including Chicken with Plums, Gang of the Jotas, and The Voices.

Satrapi on writing: [On the inclusion of images]

“Image is an international language. The first writing of the human being was drawing, not writing. That appeared much before the alphabet. And when you draw a situation—someone is scared or angry or happy— it means the same thing in all cultures. You cannot draw someone crying, and in one culture they think that he is happy. He would have the same expression. There's something direct about the image.

Also, it is more accessible. People don't take it so seriously. And when you want to use a little bit of humor, it's much easier to use pictures.” -Satrapi (Read the full interview here)

There’s so much more to know: Apart from her native language, Persian, Satrapi speaks French, English, Swedish, German, and Italian.