Marjane Satrapi (born in 1969 in Rasht, Iran) is a contemporary graphic novelist and illustrator. She grew up in Tehran in a progressive family. She attended the Lycée Français there and witnessed, as a child, the growing oppression of civil liberties and the everyday life consequences of Iranian politics, including the fall of the Shah, the early regime of Ayatollah Khomeini and the first years of the Iran-Iraq war.
At the age of 14, Marjane Satrapi was sent to Vienna by her parents in order to flee the Iranian regime. After a difficult adolescence there, she studied illustration in Strasbourg. At this moment, Satrapi lives in Paris where she works as an illustrator and as an author of children's books. She became famous because of her critically acclaimed, autobiographical graphic novel series Persepolis, which describes her childhood in Iran and her adolescence in Switzerland as an intelligent and engaging portrait of everyday life.