©2004, Marjane Satrapi & L’Association
©Marjane Satrapi, L’Association, Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions Co., Ltd.

16th Manga Division Jury Selections

Poulet aux prunes (Chicken with Plums)

Translation: SHIBUYA Yutaka [Iran / Japan]


After Nasser Ali’s wife breaks his beloved tar (a traditional Persian str inged instrument), the musician completely loses the desire to live. This is the beginning of the end for Ali, who dies eight days after taking to his bed to await death. What emotions are concealed in the tone colors of the tar? Set in Tehran in 1958, this is the story of a life that is filled with laughter but gradually overtaken by sorrow.