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Books in brief: The Arab of the Future 2—A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-5

By Ian Irvine   October 2016

9781627793513The Arab of the Future 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984-5 by Riad Sattouf (Two Roads, £18.99)

The acclaim of recent years for the work of Alan Moore, Posy Simmonds, Joe Sacco, Neil Gaiman and others means the genre of the graphic novel no longer suffers the condescension of critics. It has left the countercultural ghetto and gone global. This second volume of Riad Sattouf’s childhood memoir offers a fine example of its virtues.

It immediately engages us in a child’s-eye view of the 1980s, that of Riad as an endearing…

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