The narrator depicts herself as a spectator to the life behind the Iron curtain while growing up in Poland in the 1980s. It focuses more on how the climate affects her rather than upon the political environment which differs from other autobiographical comics such as Persepolis written by Marjane Satrapi. Hers is a dismal world which is evident as the book is coloured in unsaturated colours. The memoir paints a vivid picture despite the fact that hers is a country in poverty, politics, and war. What is really the most significant aspect of this memoir is through her relationships we are presented with a picture that likes to compare and contrast with the lives of the readers outside of her world.
In an interview with La Times Sowa was asked about the alienation of being an only child and growing up behind the Iron Curtain. Sowa responded, “As an only child I used to be very attentive to the adult world. I always tried to understand what my parents were whispering between them. I didn’t have friends to talk about it, so I had to live it by my own. If parents are not strong and peaceful, what image do they give to their child?” Sowa explains further that she “felt what they felt, and maybe even worse, because children can have an extraordinary imagination, and for me the souvenirs of the martial law were not so far away. But as it can be with children, they go from one extreme to another, which are possible thanks to the imagination. I think this is where the memoir represents a universal childhood.”
Here’s a link to the full interview of Marzena Sowa answering questions about Marzi. http://herocomplex.latimes.com/books/marzi-graphic-memoir-charts-universal-experiences/
The events of life depicted in the comic are arguable that the trials she faced are commonly universal. When you strip the comic down it has more to with the limitations and fears of childhood that any political philosophy.
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Clark, Noelene. “‘Marzi’: Graphic Memoir Charts Universal experiences.” Hero Complex. N.p., 15 Oct. 2011. Web. 31 Mar. 2016.