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The highly anticipated continuation of Riad Sattouf’s internationally acclaimed, #1 French bestseller, which was hailed by The New York Times as “a disquieting yet essential read”

In 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 father’s 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, Riad’s 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 Sattouf’s dazzlingly original talent.

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 andPersepolis.

Notre héros, sollicité par Libération pour son aventure de l'été, propose une formidable idée de reportage : la naissance des cigales aux États-Unis. Le voilà donc à New York avec son copain Mollet — venu travailler pour Spielberg et finalement recyclé serveur de cassoulet dans un restau français — et Lucie, une vague copine plutôt acariâtre, qui s'intéresse à lui quand elle est suffisamment bourrée pour le trouver attractif, ou quand il paie l'addition du Michael Jordan's Steak House : mille balles le steack-nouilles + le Chardonnay, un vin qui marche bien là-bas. Donc, cet été dans Libération, on a découvert les aventures de Riad Sattouf en Amérique — en noir et blanc, alors que là, c'est en couleurs. Résultat : une balade exotique including les moeurs des Français de New York et de quelques autochtones célèbres, ainsi que la visite des lieux sacrés, comme Ground Zéro (du grillage avec rien au milieu) et Park Avenue, où Riad rêve d'emménager, malgré les nuisances inhérentes : Va falloir dire à Julia Roberts d'arrêter de tirer la chasse d'eau à partie de 22h. Pourquoi No Sex in New York ? Parce que le mot sex fait vendre, même avec no devant. En effet, les copains fantasment beaucoup mais concrétisent peu, et il est aussi coton de trouver l'âme soeur à New York qu'au camping de La Roche du Bourg. Ce qui fait de cette virée new-yorkaise une galère hilarante et touchante, bourrée de détails poétiques — comme les effets laxatifs des Chicklets Gum — sans la moindre cigale. Né en 1978 d'un père syrien et d'une mère française, Riad Sattouf partage son enfance entre Algérie, la Libye et la Syrie, où il passe dix ans. Après une éducation musulmane dans une école de village, il est parachuté en France et découvre l'Occident. Il découvre aussi qu'il n'a aucun succès avec les filles, ce qui lui laisse du temps pour dessiner. Néanmoins pourvu d'un Bac, il poursuit des études d'arts appliqués, puis de cinéma d'animation aux Gobelins, à Paris. Période pendant laquelle il réalise une série de BD pour Delcourt, et des illustrations pour divers éditeurs du rayon jeunesse. En 2002, il entre chez Dargaud avec Les Pauvres Aventures de Jérémie, et récolte en 2003 le Prix Goscinny du scénario pour le tome 1, Les Jolis Pieds de Florence.
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