Riad Sattouf’s award-winning, critically-acclaimed, bestselling series of graphic memoirs, The Arab of the Future is the author’s darkly funny true account of his childhood in the Middle East in the 1970s and 80s. The son of a Syrian father and a French mother, Riad travels with his parents from rural France to Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya and Hafez al-Assad’s Syria, pursuing his father’s dreams for the Arab nation. But the hardship they encounter under such oppressive regimes threatens to tear his family apart.
“With charming yet powerful drawings and vivid sensory details, Sattouf delivers a child’s-eye view of the baffling adult world in all its complexity, corruption, and delusion. This is a beautiful, funny, and important graphic memoir.”—New York Times bestselling author Alison Bechdel (on The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir)
Riad Sattouf is a best-selling 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 and Jacky in the Women’s Kingdom.