Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Well then don't look...

Learn a language or two by reading books written in a foreign language.

Persepolis and Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return.
Two books,originally written in French,have now been translated into 11 languages.
Persepolis is written by an Iranian woman in comic book style, featuring blunt black and white graphics reminiscent of Persian miniatures. The French narrative is humourous though it deals with living in war-torn Iran, especially sufferings by Iranian women. The heroine is 10 year old Marji.
In one sequence Marji runs to catch a bus when she is stopped by Guardians of the Revolution guards who admonish her for running telling her that her posterior makes obscene movements."Well then don't look at my ass", yells Marji so loudly that the guards don't arrest her.

A reviewer on Amazon describes Persopolis as 'To Kill a Mockingbird' for today's world. He also likens it to the classic 'A Catcher in the Rye'.

Frenchy by Benjamin Cros (in French) about persecuted minorities, Parisian-Texans in Hornflat, Lone Star,the American Deep South.

Mill,Alm,Money,Lemon: A Family Conversation by Bolivar Lamounier (in Portuguese).
The author reckons he is from an ancient line of European labourers - millers, lemon growers, financiers or almsgivers. In pursuit of his ancestors he ends up tracing much of world history. Ultimately a story about all of us.


Blogger Tom P. said...

And then some people just want to learn Latin:


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