Riad Sattouf (FR)

International Authors’ Stage in The Black Diamond

Thursday 19 October 2017 at 20:00 Rotunden 01 - Udstillingen
The conversation between Sattouf and Adam Holm takes place in English. Photo: Olivier Marty
The conversation between Sattouf and Adam Holm takes place in English. Photo: Olivier Marty

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Gripping cartoon series/graphic novel about the Arab Spring, the revolution in Libya and the civil war in Syria.

As a reaction to the dramatic events of the past few years in the Middle East, the 36-year-old French strip cartoon writer and film director Riad Sattouf started to relate about his childhood in the Arab world.

The trilogy The Arab of the Future is the true story about a light-haired boy and his family in Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya and Hafiz al-Assad’s Syria. The Arab of the Future is a raw depiction of childhood and adolescence told with the reflection of retrospection and with the uncompromising clear-sightedness of the child ego. The Arab of the Future is a politically highly topical, autobiographical strip cartoon that has been compared with Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis as well as with Art Spiegelman’s Maus.

In France the three publications combined have sold over 1 million copies. The books have been published in 20 languages, most recently in Russian.

The event is part of Ordscenen’s marking of the centenary of the sale of the Danish West Indies. In that connection – and as a continuation of the exhibition Blind Angles – this autumn a series of debate evenings and author’s stages will be organised with Adam Holm as host, where Danish and international colonial history – and its consequences – will be discussed.


THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE IN ENGLISH