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Cossery, Albert 1913-2008

Works: 65 works in 446 publications in 15 languages and 2,981 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Humorous fiction  Satire  Interviews  Comic books, strips, etc  Drama  Pictorial works  Quotations  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures) 
Roles: Author, Adapter, Scenarist, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Author of dialog, zxx
Classifications: PQ2605.O725, 843.912
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Albert Cossery
Proud beggars by Albert Cossery( Book )

83 editions published between 1955 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Early in Proud Beggars, a brutal and motiveless murder is committed in a Cairo brothel. But the real mystery at the heart of Albert Cossery's wry black comedy is not the cause of this death, but the paradoxical richness to be found in even the most materially impoverished life. Chief among Cossery's characteristically proud beggars is Gohar, a former professor turned beggar, whorehouse accountant, hashish aficionado, and street philosopher. Such is his native charm that he has accumulated a small coterie that includes Yeghen, a rhapsodic poet and drug dealer and El Kordi, an ineffectual clerk and would-be revolutionary who dreams of rescuing a consumptive prostitute from her miserable life. The police investigator Nour El Din, harboring a dark secret of his own, suspects all three of the brothel murder, but finds himself captivated by their warm good humor. He is drawn to these men. How is it that they live surrounded by degrading poverty, yet possess a joie de vivre that even the most assiduous forces of state cannot suppress? Do they, despite their rejection of social norms and all ambition, hold the secret of earthly contentment? And so this short novel, considered one of Cossery's masterpieces, is at once biting social commentary, police procedural, and a mischievous delight in its own right"--
The lazy ones by Albert Cossery( Book )

52 editions published between 1948 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laziness in the Fertile Valley is Albert Cossery's biting social satire about a father, his three sons, and their uncle - slackers one and all. One brother has been sleeping for almost seven years, waking only to use the bathroom and eat a meal. Another savagely defends the household from women. Serag, the youngest, is the only member of the family interested in getting a job. But even he - try as he might - has a hard time resisting the call of laziness
The jokers by Albert Cossery( Book )

30 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The jokers are the government, and the biggest joker of all is the governor, a bug-eyed, strutting, rapacious character of unequaled incompetence who presides over the nameless Middle Eastern city where this effervescent comedy by Albert Cossery is set. The jokers are also the revolutionaries, no less bumbling and no less infatuated with the trappings of power than the government they oppose. And the jokers are Karim, Omar, Heykal, Urfy, and their friends, free spirits who see the other jokers for the jokers they are and have cooked up a sophisticated and: most important, foolproof plan to enliven public life with a dash of subversive humor. The joke is on them all. --Book Jacket
Men God forgot by Albert Cossery( Book )

53 editions published between 1941 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A splendid conspiracy by Albert Cossery( Book )

31 editions published between 1975 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Summoned home to Egypt after a long European debauch (disguised as "study"), our hero Teymour - in the opening line of A Splendid Conspiracy - is feeling "as unlucky as a flea on a bald man's head." Poor Teymour sits forlorn in a provincial café, a far cry from his beloved Paris. Two old friends, however, rescue him. They applaud his phony diploma as perfect in "a world where everything is false" and they draw him into their hedonistic rounds as gentlemen of leisure. Life, they explain, "while essentially pointless is extremely interesting." The small city may seem tedious, but there are women to seduce, powerful men to tease, and also strange events: rich notables are disappearing. Eyeing the machinations of our three pleasure seekers and nervous about the missing rich men, the authorities soon see-in complex schemes to bed young girls-signs of political conspiracies. The three young men, although mistaken for terrorists, enjoy freedom, wit, and romance. After all, though "not every man is capable of appreciating what is around him," the conspirators in pleasure certainly do."--Publisher's website
The house of certain death by Albert Cossery( Book )

51 editions published between 1945 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Als een huis in een steeg in Cairo op instorten staat, zijn de bewoners ten einde raad
The colors of infamy by Albert Cossery( Book )

23 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His eyes shine with a glimmer of perpetual amusement; his sartorial taste is impeccable. Ossama is a thief, not a legitimated thief, such as a minister, banker, or real-estate developer; he is a modest thief. He knows that by dressing with the same elegance as the licensed robbers of the people, he could elude the mistrustful gaze of the police, and so he glides lazily around the cafes of Cairo, seeking his prey. His country may be a disaster, but he?s a hedonist convinced that nothing on this earth is tragic for an intelligent man
Une ambition dans le désert : roman by Albert Cossery( Book )

13 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Œuvres complètes by Albert Cossery( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Œuvres complètes by Albert Cossery( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Réunit l'intégrale des romans et nouvelles d'A. Cossery
Œuvres complètes by Albert Cossery( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in French and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Réunit l'intégrale des romans et nouvelles d'A. Cossery
Conversation avec Albert Cossery by Albert Cossery( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in French and Spanish and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If all men were beggars by Albert Cossery( Book )

2 editions published in 1957 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'Égypte de Cossery by Sophie Leys( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in French and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les guichets du Louvre by Michel Mitrani( Visual )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in French and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film's backdrop is Black Thursday in 1942 when the French police rounded up all the Parisian Jews in preparation for transport to the concentration camps. Story centers around a young student who's determined to try to save some Jews from the impending tragedy
Les aventures de Tchitchikov; ou, Les âmes mortes by Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich Gogolʹ( Book )

6 editions published between 1962 and 1968 in French and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Première partie (la seconde a été brûlée par l'auteur en 1852) d'une oeuvre dont l'inspiration épique se trouve chez Homère et Cervantès (selon Louis Viardot)
Un complotto di saltimbanchi by Albert Cossery( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in Italian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gli uomini dimenticati da Dio by Albert Cossery( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in Italian and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Albert Cossery entre la violence et la dérision by Michel Mitrani( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in French and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Mendiants et orgeuilleux.] [If All Men were Beggars.] A Room in Cairo ... Translated ... by P.D. Cummins by Albert Cossery( Book )

3 editions published in 1959 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The jokers
Alternative Names
Albert Cossery ägyptischer Schriftsteller in französischer Sprache

Albert Cossery Egyptian-born French writer

Albert Cossery Egyptisch auteur

Albert Cossery egyptisk manusförfattare

Albert Cossery egyptisk manusforfatter

Albert Cossery scrittore egiziano in lingua francese

Cossery Albert

Koseri, Almper

Koseri, Almper 1913-2008

Kusairi 1913-2008

Qaṣīrī, Albīr 1913-2008

Quṣayrī, Albīr 1913-2008

آلبر کوسری فیلمنامه‌نویس مصری

ألبير قصيري

ألبير قصيري، 1913-2008

قصيرى، البير

قصيري، ألبرت، 1913-2008

ئالبێر کۆسری


コスリー, アルベール

The jokersA splendid conspiracyThe colors of infamy