Marjane Satrapi (Persian: مرجان ساتراپی) (born November 22, 1969 in Rasht, Iran ) is an Iranian and France contemporary graphic novelist, illustrator, Academy Award-nominated animated film director, and children’s book author.
Satrapi grew up in Iran . She is a great-granddaughter of Nasser al-Din Shah, Shah of Persia from 1848 until 1896. Her early life in Iran is depicted in her two most popular graphic novels, Persepolis I and Persepolis II. Her family was involved with the communist and socialist movements in Iran, prior to the Iranian Revolution. She attended the Lycée Français. She witnessed the growing suppression of civil liberties and the everyday-life consequences of Iranian politics, including the fall of the Shah, the early regime of Ruhollah Khomeini, and the first years of the Iran-Iraq war.
In 1983, at the age of 14, Satrapi was sent to Vienna, Austria. She returned to Iran for college, where she met and married Reza at the age of 21 and divorced three years later.
She then studied Visual Communication, eventually obtaining a Master’s Degree in Visual Communication from the School of Fine Arts in Tehran Islamic Azad University. Satrapi then moved to Strasbourg, France. She currently lives in Paris, where she works as an illustrator and an author of children’s books.
Satrapi’s early works has been strongly influenced by David B., a French comics artist. Satrapi became famous worldwide because of her critically acclaimed autobiographical graphic novels Persepolis and Persepolis 2, which describe her childhood in Iran and her adolescence in Europe. Persepolis won the Angoulême Coup de Coeur Award at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Her later publication, Broderies (Embroideries) was also nominated for the Angoulême Album of the Year award in 2003, an award which was won by her most recent novel, Poulet aux prunes. She has also contributed to the Op-Ed section of The New York Times.
Persepolis was adapted into an animated film of the same name, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2007 and shared a Special Jury Prize with Silent Light (Luz silenciosa) by Carlos Reygadas. Satrapi and director Vincent Paronnaud are currently teaming together again for a live-action adaption of her graphic novel “Chicken With Plums.”
Following the June 2009 Presidential elections in Iran, Marjane Satrapi and Iranian film maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf appeared before Green Party members in the European parliament to present a document allegedly received from a member of the Iranian electoral commission claiming that that the liberal candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi had actually won the election, and that the conservative incumbent Mahmoud Ahmedinejad had received only 12% of the vote.