Image of Marjane Satrapi “Embroideries” Marji, the child narrator of Marjane Satrapi’s powerful cartoon novel, Persepolis, is now a young woman in her early . From the best–selling author of Persepolis comes this gloriously entertaining and enlightening look into the sex lives of Iranian women. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi.

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Oct 10, Serena. I decided to read Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi because, besides loving her Persepolis book, I am extremely interested in the relationships women have with each other.

Sep 22, Ceilidh rated it really liked it. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. This section also contains the best line in the book.

The topic never veers even once from stories of sex and the veiled sexuality of the last several decades in Iran. We find ourselves at home with Marjane’s “tough-talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbours for an afternoon of tea-drinking and talk. But it’s ultimately also pretty thin stuff — and feels closer in quality and presentation to a TV sit-com than a decent book. An amusing portrayal of independent women taking life in stride.

She currently lives in Paris. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Open Preview See a Problem? It speaks for itself and, to a large degree, to itself, and therein lies its subversive charm. No trivia or quizzes yet. Marjane Satrapi was born in in Rasht, Iran, and currently lives in Paris.


She tells the stories of about 7 women in pages, but not narrative pages, comic-book style pages – this, like “Persepolis”, is a graphic novel. What is equally unclear is the reason for naming her extended anecdote in this way.

Story about various Iranian women. See all 86 reviews. This work, while charming at times, feels like an afterthought compared to Satrapi’s more sayrapi work on Persepolis and its sequel. The stories that are related are both disturbing and funny, a variety of mishaps of varying degrees of tragedy and comedy usually a mix of the two.

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I decided to read Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi as it sounded really appealing to me as a graphic novel. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.

I was not expecting to read such liberal discussions of their sex lives. It is impossible to read Satrapi’s two earlier graphic autobiographies Persepolis: Read more Read less. There’s nothing extremely special about that.

Marjane Satrapi “Embroideries” – Words Without Borders

Its narrative tension, or what little there is of it, turns on the banality that, behind closed doors, even Iranian women talk explicitly about intimate subjects, which is hardly news. Full of surprises, this introduction to the private lives embroideriex some fascinating women, whose life stories and lovers will strike us as at once deeply familiar and profoundly different from our own, is sure to bring smiles of recognition to the faces of women everywhere—and to teach us all a thing or two.


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Embroideries and the Layering of Women’s Relationships Through Comics

I was happy to find this one and another of her works. Characters are hard to distinguish from each other, and Satrapi’s depictions of gestures and expressions are severely limited, hampering any attempt at emotional resonance.

Naturally, the subject turns to love, sex and the vagaries of men. What a great story!

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While the story left a lot to be desired, the drawings are wonderful. It is a great way to entertain yourself on a rainy afternoon, and the author’s illustrations are quirky and expressive as usual, but don’t expect to want to press this book on your friends and relatives after reading it, the way I think many of us did with Persepolis.

One of the more amusing stories is told by a woman who, after noticing that her middle aged husband was being distracted from her middle age self by twenty-something women, had plastic surgery that took fat from her behind and used it to perk up her breasts.