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From Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi, translated by Mattias Ripa & Blake Ferris, translation
Copyright (c) 2003 by L'Association, Paris, France. Used by permission of Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, Inc.


Persian Diaspora


If your home were besieged by political instability, war, or natural disaster, would you consider settling elsewhere?  Why would you leave? Why would you stay?  

Do you approve of Marjane's parents' decision to send her out of the country on her own at age 14?  In what ways do you feel that her life would be improved or challenged by living outside of Iran?


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