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After the Spring: A Tunisian Youth

Hélène Aldeguer | Translated by Edward Gauvin

Two years after the “Jasmine Revolution”, Tunisia is unstable and facing economic hardship. Saif, Aziz, Meriem, and Chayma are among those who feel abandoned by the developing turmoil surrounding the government. Saif goes to college but worries about his younger brother; Aziz works in a call center hoping to gain approval from Meriem’s family, while Meriem attends law school; and Chayma, after watching a man set himself on fire, considers emigration to France. As the situation becomes more serious and calls to activism in the streets get louder, each must consider what, or where, their future is. Winner of the Raymond Leblanc Foundation’s Belgian Prize, and translated into English for the first time, Hélène Aldeguer delivers an authentic look at the disillusioned state of young people in Tunisia after the events of the Arab Spring, illustrated in stark, beautiful black-and-white art. Read an extract here.

Originally published by Futuropolis in 2018 with the title Après les Printemps: Une jeunesse Tunisienne.

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Hélène Aldeguer is an illustrator and comic artist who writes about political and social matters and foreign affairs. She won the Prix de la Fondation Raymond Leblanc for Après le printemps: une jeunesse tunisienne and is the author, with Alain Gresh, of Israël-Palestine, une histoire française (1967-2017).

Edward Gauvin is the translator of more than 250 graphic novels. He has received prizes, fellowships, and residencies from PEN America, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright program, Ledig House, the Lannan Foundation, and the French Embassy. His work has won the John Dryden Translation prize and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award.

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