Graphic novelist and filmmaker.
BIO Born Nov. 22, 1969, in Rasht, Iran, and grew up in Tehran. Sent to live in Austria at 14 during the Iran-Iraq war. Returned to Iran after her high school years and attended art school in Tehran. Left Iran for Europe again at 24 and continued her art studies in Strasbourg, France. Now lives in Paris as a French citizen. Since publishing "Persepolis," has not been back to Iran.
FAMILY Only child of upper-middle-class parents; father worked as an engineer. Brief marriage in Iran ended in divorce. Has now been married almost 13 years to a Swedish economist whose privacy she guards. Parents, uncle and beloved truth-telling grandmother became important "Persepolis" characters: "Once in a while I'd wake up in the morning and say, 'Grandma, I feel so ugly today.' And she looked at me and said, 'It's not just a feeling.' So the day she told me, 'You look gorgeous,' I'd say, 'Okay, now I rock.' "
OTHER BOOKS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH "Embroideries" and "Chicken With Plums."
QUOTE "What is the common point between me and a fanatic of my country? Nothing. What is the common point between you and George Bush?"