The Arab of the Future is a series of graphic memoirs published by French cartoonist Riad Sattouf. I have just read the first volume (in French, as you can see in the picture, obviously!), A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984, and really enjoyed it.
As always, it is time to go back on a week rich in events!
First, I’d like to tell you about a literary prize I had never heard about but which looks absolutely fantastic: the Goldsmiths book prize. This Prize was only created 3 years ago with the aim to honour “fiction that breaks the mould or opens up new possibilities for the novel form”. The Jury of this year’s Prize includes Josh Cohen, who chairs it, Eimear McBride, the prize’s first winner, writer Jon McGregor, and a journalist and cultural critic. They have just announced the titles shortlisted for the Prize, whose winner will be announced on the 11th of November. Among the short-listed novels, I have only heard about one, Satin Island by Tom McCarthy, which was also shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize and which looks indeed quite original and interesting because not driven by a strictly narrative plot.