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Albert Cossery

Biography

Albert Cossery was born in 1913 in Cairo. His father was Greek Orthodox, originally from ‘al-Qusayr in Syria. He simplified the name when he came to Cairo. He was brought up to speak French, attending French schools. He became a writer early, associating with Egyptian surrealists, before moving to France where he lived all his life in the Hôtel La Louisiane, in St. Germain-des-Prés, where other writers as well as musicians and artists stayed. Though he lived much of his adult life in Paris, his novels are set in Egypt. Though some of his early works were translated into English, it is only in the early 2000s that more of his work became available in English. He died in 2008.

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Bibliography

1931 Les Morsures (poetry)
1940 Les hommes oubliés de Dieu (Men God Forgot) (novel)
1947 La maison de la mort certaine (The House of Certain Death) (novel)
1948 Les fainéants dans la vallée fertile (The Lazy Ones; Laziness in the Fertile Valley) (novel)
1955 Mendiants et Orgueilleux (UK: If All Men were Beggars …, later: A Room in Cairo; US: Proud Beggars) (novel)
1964 La violence et la dérision (The Jokers) (novel)
1975 Un complot de saltimbanques (A Splendid Conspiracy) (novel)
1984 Une ambition dans le désert (novel)
1999 Les couleurs de l’infamie (The Colors of Infamy) (novel)
2004 Les Fainéants dans la vallée fertile (drama)