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Riad Sattouf interview: ‘I didn’t want to be the guy of Arab origin who makes comics about Arab people’

The graphic novelist on his dual French and Syrian indentity and why he hates nationalism In spring 2011, when pro-democracy protests in Bashar al-Assad’s Syria were met with the crushing violence that would shape five years of conflict, a young French cartoonist in Paris decided to help some of his Syrian relatives get out. At the time, Riad Sattouf was well known as a big talent on France’s thriving comics scene, drawing funny and scathing works of social observation.
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