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

Riad Sattouf

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The Arab of the Future, Middle East, Memoirs, Prose: non-fiction, Graphic novels: literary & memoirs, Graphic novels: true stories & non-fiction

VOLUME 2 IN THE BESTSELLING SERIES. The highly anticipated continuation of Riad Sattouf's internationally acclaimed graphic memoir.

THE UNFORGETTABLE STORY OF AN EXTRAORDINARY CHILDHOOD.

The first volume of Riad Sattouf's THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE introduced young Riad as his family shuttled back and forth between France and the Middle East; here is the continuation of his heart-rending, darkly comic story. Now settled in his father's village of Ter Maaleh near Homs, Riad finally begins 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, Riad's story takes in the sweep of Middle Eastern politics of the 1980s, the ascendency of religion, and the persistence of poverty, but it is steered by acutely observed small moments: the daily sadism of his schoolteachers, the cruelty and vulnerability of his fellow students, and the obsequiousness of his father in the company of those close to the regime.

And as the family strains to fit in, one chilling, barbaric act drives the Sattoufs to take the most dramatic of steps.

Immediate and gripping, THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE 2 once again reveals the inner workings of a tormented country and a tormented family, delivered through Riad Sattouf's dazzlingly original graphic style.


***THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE - THE INTERNATIONAL SENSATION***

#1 BESTSELLER IN FRANCE | GUARDIAN 'BEST GRAPHIC BOOKS OF 2015' PICK | NYTIMES EDITOR'S CHOICE | SELECTED AS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY LATIMES, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, AMAZON.COM, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, NPR | WINNER OF THE FAUVE D'OR PRIZE FOR BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR AT THE ANGOULEME INTERNATIONAL COMICS FESTIVAL | WINNER OF THE LATIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR GRAPHIC NOVELS | NOMINATED FOR 'BEST REALITY-BASED WORK' AT THE EISNER AWARDS

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Riad Sattouf

RIAD SATTOUF is a bestselling cartoonist and filmmaker who grew up in Syria and Libya and now lives in Paris.
The author of four comics series in France and a former contributor to the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, Sattouf is now a weekly columnist for l'Obs. He also directed the films The French Kissers (winner of a Cesar Award for Best First Film) and Jacky in the Women's Kingdom.
The Arab of the Future - which was awarded the Fauve d'Or Prize for Best Album of the Year at the Angouleme International Comics Festival and has been translated into twenty languages - is his first work to appear in English.

riadsattouf.com
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