The second comic in Riad Sattouf’s award-winning L’Arabe du Futur series, titled L’Arabe du Futur 2,”was released in France on June 11, and is already garnering wide attention:
According to La Libre:
Son nouvel opus, dont l’histoire se déroule entre 1984 et 1985, est empli de ce qui fait la touche Sattouf : la causticité et un sens aigu de l’observation. Acerbe à l’égard du régime, des coutumes, ce Parisien de 37 ans se montre également mordant lorsqu’il représente ses proches.
According to France24, “French readers can’t seem to get enough of it – or anything, for that matter, that emerges from Sattouf’s drawing board.”
The second book in the series, France24 reports, is 150 pages and “picks up where the first edition left the five-year-old: sobbing as his family boards a Syrian Air flight to his father’s homeland.”
Part 1 was dominated by late 1970s and early 1980s Libya, while Part 2 takes place in mid-1980s Syria.
Riva Hocherman, executive editor of Metropolitan Books, told France24:
Sattouf gives a rich, inside perspective of a world that we never get to see. And it’s one that registers with all the more authenticity because it comes from the non-judgmental view of a child. Add to that the sly humor, the vivid picture of Riad’s complicated father and family, the all-oppressive presence of cruel dictatorships, and you have one of the great stories of childhood.
La Libre with Riad Sattouf: ‘I have a tremendous affection for Tintin, its paradoxes and excesses’ (French)
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