The Arab of the Future 3: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1985-1987
Original TitleL'arabe du futur 3 : Une jeunesse au Moyen-Orient (1985-1987)The much-awaited third installment in Riad Sattouf'sgraphic memoir--which has been translated into fifteen languagesand become an international phenomenonThe Arab of the Future is the widely acclaimed,internationally bestselling graphic memoir that tells the story ofRiad Sattouf's peripatetic childhood in the Middle East. In thefirst volume, which covers the years 1978-1984, his family movesbetween rural France, Libya, and Syria, where they eventuallysettle in his father's native village of Ter Maaleh, near Homs. Thesecond volume recounts young Riad's first year attending school inSyria (1984-1985), where he dedicates himself to becoming a trueSyrian in the country of Hafez al-Assad. In this third volume,(1985-1987), Riad's mother, fed up with the grinding reality ofdaily life in the village, decides she cannot take it any longer.When she resolves to move back France, young Riad sees his fathertorn between his wife's aspirations and the weight of familytraditions.