Iranian-French comic artist, illustrator and director Marjane Satrapi receives the prestigious Spanish Princess of Asturias Prize in the Communication and Humanities category.

According to experts, the 54-year-old Iranian-born artist who lives in France is one of the most outstanding names in the international comic scene, the foundation wrote on its website. She is the author of one of the best graphic novels ever published: Persepolis (2000), an autobiographical account of her childhood and youth in Iran.

In 2023, together with others, she published the graphic novel “Femme, vie, liberté” (Woman, Life, Freedom), which deals with the uprisings in Iran following the murder of Jina Mahsa Amini by the notorious moral police in 2022 and the repression and the violation of human rights in Iran.

The Princess of Asturias Prizes are named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are awarded annually in eight categories and are endowed with 50,000 euros each. All winners will also receive a sculpture by Joan Miró. The Spanish singer and composer Joan Manuel Serrat (80) was announced as the first prize winner in the arts category on Wednesday last week.

The total of eight awards that will be presented in the coming months will be presented at a gala with King Felipe VI in Oviedo at the end of October. handed over.