The Arab of the Future 2

The Arab of the Future 2

A Graphic Memoir : A Childhood in the Middle East (1984-1985)

Graphic Novel - 2016
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Riad has settled in his fathers hometown of Horms, 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, Riads 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 family strains to fit in, one chilling, barbaric act drives the Sattoufs to make the most dramatic of changes.
Publisher: New York :, Metropolitan Books ;, Henry Holt & Company,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781627793513
1627793518
Branch Call Number: GN SATT
Characteristics: 154 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Sam 1970-- Translator

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In the second volume of his memoir, Sattouf covers his life in Horms, Syria in the mid-1980s, where his life gets swept up in politics, religion poverty. Staying grounded in the small moments of daily life, he shares the story of how his family tried to fit in under the rule of a ruthless regime.


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JCLChrisK Jul 24, 2017

Another chapter from the life of young Riad, perpetual outsider and observer, relating experiences with school, family, and a variety of social classes, locations, and cultures. Most of this book takes place in his father's hometown village in Syria, along with short trips and longer vacations. It continues to be interesting and enlightening.

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