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L'Arabe du futur: une jeunesse au Moyen-Orient (1978-1984) (edition 2014)

by Riad Sattouf, Rami Sattouf

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Title:L'Arabe du futur: une jeunesse au Moyen-Orient (1978-1984)
Authors:Riad Sattouf
Other authors:Rami Sattouf
Info:[Paris], Allary Éditions., impr. 2014
Collections:Read, Your library
Tags:graphic novel, autobiography, read in 2017, en français

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The Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf


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- Loved the use of distinct colors to represent each country (blue for France, yellow for Libya, red for Syria, green for the UK) and the effect of the black ink and spot color art
- The picture Sattouf paints of Syria (also Arabs) is such a dismal wasteland
- Ugh, his father's immature nationalism and bloated sense of self
- Father: "I'm the one who makes the decisions"
- The way his mother tiredly follows his father on every spontaneous scheme, birthing his children and quietly enduring his everyday male chauvinism
- Hard to put down; curious about part 2
1 vote csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
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  Egaro | Nov 6, 2016 |
Riad Sattouf was born 1978 in Paris. His father is Syrian his mother French; both met when studying at the Sorbonne.
In this first volume of his ‘graphic memoir’ R.S depicts his early years as a 2 to 6 years old growing up in the Libya of Gaddafi and the Syria of Assad in the years 1980 – 1984 with a year in France in-between, the family staying with his grandmother in Brittany.

Riad Sattouf grows up in dysfunctional families and dysfunctional societies: His French grandmother had just divorced his grandfather, a rich womanizer. When the family moves to his father’s ancient village near Homs – practically everybody is related to his father there – he meets the extended family. But his uncle had secretly sold his father’s fields; the hordes of his young cousins want to beat him up calling him a Jew because of his beautiful blond hair that also makes him the darling of all young woman.

There is nothing to do in this forsaken village except for the boys to play at fighting and war and to torture and kill a dog-puppy. The little Riad can’t yet speak Arabic so can’t join school, he, quite happily, stays indoors with his mother and baby brother all day long only sometimes playing with two neighbour kids, who teach him how to swear in Arabic.

His father keeps dreaming of a brilliant future, his mother remains shadowy – she seems to take it all without rebelling. The little Riad comes through all this unscathed so it seems.

I love the drawings. Despite the often bleak experiences and observations, a dark humour shines through. Of course this B.D. reminds me of Persepolis : it is equally compelling but then again also completely different. (VI-16)

A good review by Olivia Snaije: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/28/riad-sattouf-draws-on-his-own-multicultural-past-for-the-arab-of-the-future-books ( )
1 vote MeisterPfriem | Jun 12, 2016 |
"The Arab Of the Future" is such a hoot! Even when it deals with the most horrible things, the book's insight into human nature and blackly humorous depictions of the human condition will amuse you. If you're sensitive, there is, for example, some horrible animal cruelty depicted. I looked away as much as I could when that came up, like when I (occasionally) watch horror movies. But don't let that keep you away from a book of this high quality! ( )
  John5423 | May 4, 2016 |
"The Arab of the Future" succeeds on several levels at once. In one sense, it's an unmistakably personal story told through the eyes of a bright, empathetic child who's forced to shuffle between two cultures, neither of which he understands completely. It's also a deeply political work: a recollection of a childhood spent in the shadow of the grand, now mostly disappeared, project of secular Arab nationalism. Sattouf's take on the Libya and Syria he saw as a child is clear-eyed and pitiless: he describes a desolate, poor, filthy landscape dotted by propaganda posters and half-finished construction projects and filled with hostile, uneducated people. His description of the bizarre government policies that came to be part of everyday life in Ghaddafi's Libya is also not to be missed. While Sattouf's descriptions of France aren't exactly glowing, either, in this sense, "The Arab of the Future" reminded me a bit of V.S. Naipaul's unsentimental take on the Caribbean, which mostly dispenses with any perceived romanticism to focus on the place's general air of sadness and underdevelopment. Sattouf's got a great eye for detail: from the cracks in the walls of his family's house to the way that animals were routinely mistreated in the Syria of his youth, the author effectively communicates the shock and sadness he felt after moving there. "The Arab of the Future" is a pretty good description of what severe poverty and long-term mismanagement can do to the collective personality of a country. The book is also a startlingly clear-eyed portrait of Sattouf's father, who is portrayed as a man caught between his provincial upbringing and the education he acquired later in life. While he was, understandably, the author's hero when he was a child, he also comes off, by turns, as a dreamer, a hopeless idealist, a bigot, and, to put it frankly, a bit of a fool. Sattouf's drawing style is also a pleasure: it's simultaneously precise and flowing, and the childlike script in which most of the book is narrated effectively underscores the main character's psychological vulnerability and rapidly diminishing childhood innocence. Recommended, and not just because the author's experience seems to speak directly to the historical and cultural moment we're experiencing right now. I hope to get my hands on volume two soon. ( )
  TheAmpersand | Dec 20, 2015 |
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