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I can't recommend this book enough. It deals with some pretty hefty stuff: war, human rights abuse, murder, oppression. All through autobiography by a woman who was 10 at the time of the overthrow of the Shah of Iran.

The sense of truth is palpable. The images are affecting. It carries a punch that can be lacking from pure documentary. And it claims no objectivity, which probably helps.

The more I look at comic art, the more I realise that the combination of image and words seems to have an explanatory power that for me (liking both forms) has an effect greater than the sum of the two. I also realised, just yesterday (while watching a lecture about the impact of seeing a painting for real compared to a reproduction) that I love it for its accessibility. There's no value in seeing the original, it doesn't matter that not everyone can travel.

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tcpip
Mar. 23rd, 2014 09:13 am (UTC)
Sounds good, I'll track it down.
anicca_anicca2
Mar. 23rd, 2014 12:39 pm (UTC)
I read the book a few years back before the film came out, loved them both.
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