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Albert Cossery

3.91 of 5 Votes: 4
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Books by Albert Cossery
Proud Beggars (1955)
4.01 of 5 Votes: 2
review 1: Well done and intelligent "literary" fiction set in Egypt not long after WW2: the atomic bomb is mentioned, TV is not. Provides entree into a life very foreign to Americans, "genteel" poverty, intellect and destitution combined. A former professor, now content to take hashish and...
The Jokers (1964)
3.86 of 5 Votes: 3
review 1: The idea of fighting a despot with laughter interested me, along with the contrast between "joker" Heykal and "revolutionary" Taher. But I couldn't get on board with this running thread of obsession with girlhood/perceived innocence that ran throughout the book. The undercurrent ...
A Splendid Conspiracy (2010)
3.91 of 5 Votes: 5
review 1: Cossery, Albert (1913-2008). A SPLENDID CONSPIRACY. (pub. in 1975 as “Un Complot de Saltimbauques” in France; this ed. 2010). ****. Cassery was a well-known writer in Europe and the Middle East, but was practically unknown in this country. He wrote eight novels during his ca...
A Violência e o Escárnio (1964)
3.86 of 5 Votes: 5
review 1: This is a short little novel with an irresistible premise. A group of loutish prankster-revolutionaries decide to launch a campaign against their hated governor, a combination of King Farouk, Silvio Berlusconi, and Hafez al-Assad (seen on the front cover). Instead of trying to ki...
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