In spite of these and other obstacles, Bashi has become a well-respected graphic artist. (Check out her website here.) In Nylon Road, her crisp artwork is reproduced in shadings of black, grey and umber.
Bashi's move to Switzerland in 2004 is the starting point for her memoir. She has conversations -- and often arguments -- with her younger selves who keep popping up and making her explain herself. Her 13-year-old self, for example, was a militant communist who annoyed her family -- including the dog -- with lectures about class oppression. Contemporary Bashi has gained perspective in the years since then. She sees similarities between the consumer culture among Swiss teenagers, young religious zealots, and political rebels like herself at 13. In each case, "No individuality is allowed."
|Bashi alone in Zurich... with all of her younger selves|
Readalike: Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi); Reading Lolita in Tehran (Azar Nafisi).