“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 )