Normal view MARC view ISBD view

The Arab of the future : a graphic memoir : a childhood in the Middle East (1978-1984) / Riad Sattouf ; translated by Sam Taylor.

By: Sattouf, Riad [author.].
Contributor(s): Taylor, Sam, 1970-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2015Edition: 1st U.S. ed.Description: 153 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781627793445 (hardback); 1627793445 (hardback); 9781627793513; 1627793518.Other title: Graphic memoir : a childhood in the Middle East (1978-1984) | Childhood in the Middle East (1978-1984).Uniform titles: Arabe du futur. English Subject(s): Sattouf, Riad -- Childhood and youth -- Comic books, strips, etc | Cartoonists -- France -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc | Middle East -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etcSummary: "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
    average rating: 0.0 (0 votes)
Item type Current location Call number Status Date due Barcode
Books Books Jameel Library
NC1499.S337 A2 2015 (Browse shelf) Available 13073

"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"-- Provided by publisher.

Translated from the French.

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.
Copyright © Jameel Library Centre 2018, All rights reserved.
Powered by ALZAD