Chicken with Plums
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 84 pages|
|Other Information: ||Illustrated|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 April 2009|
In "Embroideries," Satrapi rendered the events of her life and times in a uniquely captivating and powerful voice. Now she turns that same keen eye to the heartrending story of her great-uncle, a celebrated Iranian musician who gave up his life for music and love.
After irreparable damage is done to his beloved tar (a classic instrument), Nasser Ali Khan retreats from lifeAwith consequences that reverberate throughout his family. With a 13-city tour. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The question of what makes a life worth living has rarely been posed with as much poignancy and ambition as it is in Satrapi's dazzling new effort. Satrapi's talent for distilling complex personal histories into richly evocative vignettes made Persepolis a bestseller. Here she presents us with the story of her great-uncle Nasser Ali Khan, one of Iran's most revered musicians, who takes to bed after realizing that he'll never be able to find an instrument to replace his beloved, broken tar. Eight days later, he's dead. These final eight days, which we're taken through one by one, make up the bulk of this slim volume. While waiting for death, Nasser Ali is visited by family, memories and hallucinations. Because everything is being filtered through Satrapi's formidable imagination, we are also treated to classical Persian poetry, bits of history, folk stories, as well as an occasional flash forward into lives Nasser Ali will never have a chance to see. Each episode is illustrated with Satrapi's characteristic, almost childlike drawings, which take on the stark expressiveness of block prints. Clear and emotive, they bring surprising force and humor to this stunning tribute to a life whose worth can be measured in the questions it leaves. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Praise for "Chicken with Plums
"It's amazing to see how much complexity and narrative cunning Satrapi crams into her images . . . "Chicken with Plums "is the most intricately laminated of her tales: The author shuffles past, present, and future like a cardsharp."
--"Los Angeles Times Book Review
""Beguiling . . . Completely seamless."
--"The Boston Globe
""Satrapi pushes the boundaries of her work further still . . . [She is] an Iranian Colette."
--"San Francisco Chronicle
""Satrapi's deceptively simple, remarkably powerful drawings match the precise but flexible prose she employs in adapting to her multiple roles as educator, folklorist, and grand-niece."
--"The New Yorker"
Praise for "Persepolis
"A memoir of growing up as a girl in revolutionary Iran, "Persepolis" provides a unique glimpse into a nearly unknown and unreachable way of life . . . That Satrapi chose to tell her remarkable story as a gorgeous comic books makes it unique and totally indispensable."
""It is virtually impossible to read "Persepolis "without falling in love."
--"Baltimore Sun "
"The most original coming-of-age story from the Middle East yet."
""A mighty achievement."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
|Publisher: ||Pantheon Books|
|Dimensions: ||22.45 x 15.19 x 1.02 centimeters (0.20 kg)|