The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir

Category: Book
By (author): Sattouf, Riad
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage
  COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Nonfiction / General
  WEIRD / Graphic Novels
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Published: October 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 9.21in x 6.60in x 0.50in
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From The Publisher*In striking, virtuoso graphic style that captures both the immediacy of childhood and the fervor of political idealism, Riad Sattouf recounts his nomadic childhood growing up in rural France, Gaddafi's Libya, and Assad's Syria - but always under the roof of his father, a Syrian Pan-Arabist who drags his family along in his pursuit of grandiose dreams for the Arab nation. Riad, delicate and wide-eyed, follows in the trail of his mismatched parents; his mother, a bookish French student, is as modest as his father is flamboyant. Venturing first to the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab State and then joining the family tribe in Homs, Syria, they hold fast to the vision of the paradise that always lies just around the corner. And hold they do, though food is scarce, children kill dogs for sport, and with locks banned, the Sattoufs come home one day to discover another family occupying their apartment. The ultimate outsider, Riad, with his flowing blond hair, is called the ultimate insult… Jewish. And in no time at all, his father has come up with yet another grand plan, moving from building a new people to building his own great palace. Brimming with life and dark humor, The Arab of the Future reveals the truth and texture of one eccentric family in an absurd Middle East, and also introduces a master cartoonist in a work destined to stand alongside Maus and Persepolis.
Review Quote*The Arab of the Future confirms Riad Sattouf's place among the greatest cartoonists of his generation.- Le Monde "Throughout, the book is incisive, detailed, and humorous… but if the tone is light, the meaning is not. Riad Sattouf uses the cleanest of lines in the service of a dark, dense history."- L'Express "The social, political and religious context of Libya and Syria might be beyond the reach of a child, but the boy Riad has the capacity for the most forceful, candid observation… .With his great honesty and intelligence, Sattouf is revealed as one of our most gifted-and funniest-writers."- L'Inrockuptibles
Biographical NoteRiad Sattouf is a best-selling cartoonist and filmmaker who grew up in Syria, Libya, and Algeria, and now lives in Paris. The author of four comics series in France and a weekly column in the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, Sattouf also directed the films The French Kissers and Jacky in the Women's Kingdom. The Arab of the Future is his first work to appear in English.