From the best–selling author of Persepolis comes this gloriously entertaining and enlightening look into the sex lives of Iranian women. Marji, the child narrator of Marjane Satrapi’s powerful cartoon novel, Persepolis, is now a young woman in her early twenties. Where Persepolis was a political. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi.

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Bookslut | Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi

Embroideries is another of Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical books, heavy on the comic book-type illustrations, fairly light smbroideries the text. Embroideries doesn’t continue her life-story, but rather offers examples of many others’. The setting is a Tehran Kaffeeklatsch well, a tea-klatscha gathering of women presided over by Marjane’s grandmother.

Her motto here is: The main topic of conversation is sex, and embroderies experiences they’ve had or heard about the women present a picture of sex in contemporary Iran. The stories that are related are both disturbing and funny, a variety of mishaps of varying degrees of tragedy and comedy usually a mix of the two. Common to many satdapi them is the obsession with a woman being a virgin when she gets married.


The stories are nicely related: Satrapi’s drawings are charming and well-organised, and the dialogue conversation-like and convincing. But, as tends to be the case in such embroideires of stories tossed back and forth across a table or room at this sort of gathering, they are less real stories than anecdotes.

Embroideries – Marjane Satrapi

Satrapi makes her points, but there’s little beyond that — and certainly no discussion of the issues involved. The drawings help suggest a little more about the characters, but other than the grandparents these are examples, not individuals. In the way most of them are presented they remain memorable — if at all — for their particular sexual mishap the woman with the razor blade Surely that can’t be the message she is trying to convey?

The ridiculousness of the prevalent sexual mores is self-evident, but Satrapi also does little to explore either the reasons for these or the implications of other possible attitudes. One aunt, for example, takes the most radical position: Why don’t we behave as Westerners do!?


For them, since the problem of sex is resolved, they can move on to other things! This is the reason they progress!!! There’s no attempt whatsoever to question or challenge or embrace this opinion; the reactions are the claim that in the West aristocrats also value virginity highly another dubious assertion that goes unchallenged and then it’s on with the next anecdote.

Satrapi offers good, sly fun: The reader feels like a fly on the wall or a voyeur marjame this gathering in this household, watching and listening to these women gab and gossip away. But, while it’s not entirely superficial fun, there is ultimately relatively little depth here, neither in the exploration of these characters nor in any true exploration of the subject matter.


Embroideries is appealing enough: But it’s ultimately also pretty thin stuff — and feels closer in quality and presentation to a Aatrapi sit-com than a decent book. Don’t get us wrong: But the impression is a fairly fleeting and shallow one, and it’s best enjoyed in the moment and has little resonance.

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