Persepolis Author Wins Top Spanish Prize

Barcelona, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 30th Apr, 2024) French-Iranian artist Marjane Satrapi, whose graphic novel “Persepolis” tells the story of a girl growing up in post-revolutionary Iran, was Tuesday awarded Spain‘s prestigious Princess of Asturias communications and humanities prize.

The prize jury praised the 54-year-old as “one of the most prominent Names in international comics, author of what is, for many, one of the best graphic novels ever published.”

“Satrapi is a symbol of civic engagement led by women,” it added, calling her “an essential voice in the defence of human rights and freedom”.

Born in Iran, Satrapi recounts in “Persepolis” her years as an outspoken teenager chafing at the Islamic revolution and its restrictions imposed on women, especially for one from a progressive family like hers. It also tells of the hardships of the Iran-Iraq war.

At 14, her parents sent her to school in Vienna to avoid arrest over her defiance of the regime. She later returned to Tehran but left for France in 1994, embarking on her career as an author, film director and painter.

Her animated film adaptation of “Persepolis” won her a nomination at academy Awards in 2008.

In a statement, Satrapi said it was “a great honour and an immense pleasure” to receive the award.

“I take this opportunity to celebrate the fierce fight of my people for human rights and freedom. Today it is all the young people who lost their lives and the ones who continue the combat for liberty in Iran that are celebrated,” she added.

The 50,000-euro ($54,000) award is one of eight Asturias prizes covering the arts, science and other areas handed out yearly by a foundation named for Spanish Crown Princess Leonor.

Past winners of the communications and humanities prize include US feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Italian novelist Umberto Eco and Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of “Super Mario Bros”.

The awards will be handed out at a ceremony hosted by Spain‘s King Felipe VI in October.
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