The Arab of the future 4: a graphic memoir, a childhood in the Middle East (1987-1992)
The Arab of the Future, the #1 French best-seller, tells the unforgettable story of Riad Sattouf's childhood, spent in the shadows of 3 dictators—Muammar Gaddafi, Hafez al-Assad, and his father
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.
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|Grouping Title||arab of the future 4 a graphic memoir a childhood in the middle east 1987 1992|
|Grouping Author||sattouf riad|
|Last Grouping Update||2020-01-28 15:07:15PM|
|Last Indexed||2020-01-28 15:10:07PM|
|auth_author2||Taylor, Sam, 1970-|
|detailed_location_arlington||Columbia Pike Graphic Novels|
Westover Graphic Novels
|display_description||"In the fourth volume of The Arab of the Future, little Riad has grown into a teenager. In the previous books, his childhood was complicated by the pull of his two cultures -- French and Syrian -- and his parents' deteriorating relationship. Now his father, Adbel-Razak, has left to take a job in Saudi Arabia, and after making a pilgrimage to Mecca, turns increasingly towards religion. But after following him from place to place and living for years under the harsh conditions of his impoverished village, Riad's mother Clementine has had enough. Refusing to live in a country where women have no rights, she returns with her children to live in France with her own mother... until Abdel-Razak shows up unexpectedly to drag the family on yet another journey. As the series builds to a climax, we see Riad struggle with problems both universal (bullies at school) and specific (his mother's sudden illness, the judgment of his religious relatives). And as Abdel-Razak returns again to the same fantastical dreams he pursued in previous books, we see him become more and more unhinged, until ultimately he crosses the line from idealism to fanaticism, leading to a dramatic breaking point. Full of the same gripping storytelling and lush visual style for which Sattouf's previous works have won numerous awards, The Arab of the Future 4 continues the saga of the Sattouf family and their peripatetic life in France and the Middle East." --|
|local_callnumber_arlington||GRAPH B SATTOUF R|
|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library|
Connection Crystal City
|subject_facet||Cartoonists -- France -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc|
Middle East -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc
Sattouf, Riad -- Childhood and youth -- Comic books, strips, etc
|title_display||The Arab of the future 4 : a graphic memoir, a childhood in the Middle East (1987-1992)|
|title_full||The Arab of the future 4: a graphic memoir, a childhood in the Middle East (1987-1992) / Riad Sattouf ; [translated by Sam Taylor]|
|title_short||The Arab of the future 4|
|title_sub||a graphic memoir, a childhood in the Middle East (1987-1992)|