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The Arab of the Future

'NOT SINCE PERSEPOLIS HAS A COMIC BOOK SEEMED SO IMPORTANT, OR BEEN SO ACCLAIMED...IT HAS AN AUTHENTICITY WITH WHICH NO EXPERT OR TALKING HEAD COULD EVER HOPE TO COMPETE' Observer 'EXCELLENT...AN AUTHENTIC, EMOTIONALLY HONEST MEMOIR AND A USEFUL BACKGROUND READING FOR PRESENT EVENTS' Guardian 'ENGROSSING' New York Times 'A PAGE TURNER' Guardian 'AN OBJECT OF CONSENSUAL RAPTURE' New Yorker 'ONE OF THE GREATEST CARTOONISTS OF HIS GENERATION' Le Monde 'IT'LL HAVE YOU LAUGHING TO THE POINT OF TEARS' Haaretz 'A CONVINCING COMBINATION OF WIT AND DEPTH' Frankfurter Allgemeine 'BRILLIANT, SHARP AND SURPRISING' Repubblica ***A GUARDIAN 'BEST GRAPHIC BOOKS OF 2015' PICK*** The Arab of the Future, the #1 French best-seller, 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


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