´I TORE THROUGH IT... THE MOST ENJOYABLE GRAPHIC NOVEL I´VE READ IN A WHILE´ Zadie Smith
´I JOYOUSLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO YOU´ Mark Haddon
´RIAD SATTOUF IS ONE OF THE GREAT CREATORS OF OUR TIME´ Alain De Botton
´A MASTERPIECE´ Posy Simmonds
´WORTH A SHELF FULL OF BOOKS´ Hari Kunzru
The Arab of the Future tells the unforgettable story of Riad Sattouf´s childhood, spent in the shadows of three 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 humour, 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
Translated by Sam Taylor.
A GUARDIAN ´BEST GRAPHIC BOOKS OF 2015´ PICK
WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR GRAPHIC NOVELS
NOMINATED FOR ´BEST REALITY-BASED WORK´ AT THE EISNER AWARDS
´ENGROSSING´ New York Times
´A PAGE TURNER´ Guardian
´MARVELLOUS... BEGS TO BE READ IN ONE LONG SITTING´ Herald
´AN OBJECT OF CONSENSUAL RAPTURE´ New Yorker
´ONE OF THE GREATEST CARTOONISTS OF HIS GENERATION´ Le Monde
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 César 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 Angoulême International Comics Festival and has been translated into sixteen languages - is his first work to appear in English.