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L'Arabe du futur - Volume 6: Une jeunesse au Moyen-Orient (1994 - 2011)

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This third volume sees him between the ages of six and nine, the time he becomes aware of the society he is growing up in.

This work, which the reader devours, recounts his childhood spent between France, Libya and Syria, following his parents’ encounter at the Sorbonne University cafeteria at the very beginning of the 1970s.The next frame zooms in on what Sattouf sees when he goes to collect their haul: the sparrow's feet, blown apart from their bodies, still clinging to the telephone wire. Another objective was to demonstrate the strength of his father’s influence, which endured for years, even after he lived thousands of miles away. But in interviews, Sattouf remains positive, and little if anything has been written about extremists seeking to silence him.

His family has a stack of Tin Tin comics which Sattouf has been "reading" on his own, making up stories to go with the pictures. He retains, however, a certain level of naivité such that the reader is always aware of a bigger reality than the central character seems to be.They objected to what they considered to be Sattouf’s negative portrayal of fathers, his advancement of racist attitudes, and obscenity (one book features the story of Sattouf’s school-age circumcision). While Sattouf’s tuition was covered by a scholarship, he was on his own to pay for living expenses in Paris.

In this second volume, which covers his first year of school in Syria (1984-1985), he learns to read Arabic, gets to know his father’s side of the family, and does his best to make his father proud by becoming a real little Syrian boy… despite his blond hair and his two weeks’ vacation in France with his mom. Every volume of this autobiographical bande dessinée has been a bestseller in France and translated into over 20 languages.He shows what is happening, lets his history speak for itself, and it is up to the reader to form his or her opinion. L'histoire nous mène de la Libye du colonel Kadhafi à la Syrie d'Hafez Al-Assad en passant par la Bretagne, de Rennes au cap Fréhel. The first volume (2014) covers the period from 1978 to 1984: from birth to the age of six, little Riad is shuttled between Libya, Brittany and Syria. One day, he picks up one of the books, and realizes that his is able to decipher words from the squiggles.

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