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MARJANE SATRAPI: ‘Chicken With Plums’

“Smoke isn’t just death. To me, smoke is like life.”

Those words lingered in the air last month when spoken with passion by Iranian filmmaker/graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi, as we sat in a Georgetown Four Seasons bar (smoking permitted in the rooms), discussing her first live-action film, “Chicken With Plums.”

Marjane Satrapi at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, in August. (Sarah L. Voisin/WASHINGTON POST)

Thus, during our interview, the idea of artistic careers cut short hung thick like tobacco ether in the summer air.

Satrapi and I spoke by phone in April, just prior to her appearance at George Washington University; we spoke again, in person, in August, prior to Friday’s opening of “Chicken With Plums” in Washington.

Here’s a link to the resulting article on the Oscar-nominated “Persepolis” creator, running in Sunday’s Post.

(Illustration by MICHAEL CAVNA /Illustration by MICHAEL CAVNA )
Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.


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