The Arab of the Future 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985: A Graphic Memoir

The Arab of the Future 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-1985: A Graphic Memoir Author Riad Sattouf
ISBN-10 1627793518
ISBN-13 9781627793513
Year 2016-09-20
Pages 160
Language English
Publisher Metropolitan Books
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The highly anticipated continuation of Riad Sattoufs internationally acclaimed 1 French bestseller which was hailed by The New York Times as a disquieting yet essential readIn The Arab of the Future Volume 1 cartoonist Riad Sattouf tells of the first years of his childhood as his family shuttles back and forth between France and the Middle East In Libya and Syria young Riad is exposed to the dismal reality of a life where food is scarce children kill dogs for sport and his cousins virulently anti Semitic and convinced he is Jewish because of his blond hair lurk around every corner waiting to beat him up In Volume 2 Riad now settled in his fathers hometown of Homs gets to go to school where he dedicates himself to becoming a true Syrian in the country of the dictator Hafez Al Assad Told simply yet with devastating effect Riads story takes in the sweep of politics religion and poverty but is steered by acutely observed small moments the daily sadism of his schoolteacher the lure of the black market with its menu of shame and subsistence and the obsequiousness of his father in the company of those close to the regime As his family strains to fit in one chilling barbaric act drives the Sattoufs to make the most dramatic of changes Darkly funny and piercingly direct The Arab of the Future Volume 2 once again reveals the inner workings of a tormented country and a tormented family delivered through Riad Sattoufs dazzlingly original talent

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