Riad Sattouf has made millions of readers laugh with his family saga « The Arab of the Future« , an ultimate comic book has just been released.
Copyright Marie Rouge
Translated into 23 languages
With this family saga inspired by its own history, Riad Sattouf has made millions of readers laugh in France and abroad. This sixth comic of The Arab of the Future, released in November, is the last volume of its flagship series.
More than three million copies sold worldwide, a translation into 23 languages, L’Arabe du futur is a veritable publishing phenomenon. A success that affects all generations. « My first dream reader was my Breton grandmother who hated comics. She thought it was for neuneus. She didn’t know whether to read the bubble or watch the drawing. So I I tried to make a comic accessible to those who do not have the codes of comics », says Riad Sattouf.
Copyright Allary Editions
The absence of the father
In this saga, Riad Sattouf recounts his childhood and adolescence torn between a Syrian father and a Breton mother. Volume 6, the final volume in the series, was published by Allary on November 24. He monopolizes since the first place of the classifications of best sales of BD. In this sixth and final comic strip, the writer opens up in an intimate way and recounts the years 1994 to 2011. More specifically, he reveals the resolution of the dramas that shook his family, up to the war in Syria, but also his life. student, his film debut, as well as his first steps as an author. Through his works, Riad Sattouf writes about what drives him, with an unparalleled freedom to create. He also evokes in his works, the intimate (personal or universal), as well as the trials he has gone through. It is for this reason that he addresses in L’Arabe du Futur the absence of the father, a direct consequence of the divorce of his parents on their return to France, when the future writer was barely 12 years old. Prepared during the first three volumes, the lack of a father figure will be truly signified from the fourth volume. In the last volume, this manifests itself through red inserts, like a voice in the head of its main character. The author signs here his most personal story.