Proud Beggars (New York Review Books Classics)

Proud Beggars (New York Review Books Classics)

Albert Cossery


Early in Proud Beggars, a brutal and motiveless homicide is devoted in a Cairo brothel. however the actual secret on the middle of Albert Cossery’s wry black comedy isn't the reason for this loss of life however the paradoxical richness to be present in even the main materially impoverished life.
   
Chief between Cossery’s proud beggars is Gohar, a former professor grew to become whorehouse accountant, cannabis aficionado, and highway thinker. Such is his local attraction that he has amassed a small coterie that comes with Yeghen, a rhapsodic poet and drug broker, and El Kordi, an ineffectual clerk and would-be progressive who goals of rescuing a consumptive prostitute. The police investigator Nour El Dine, harboring a depressing mystery of his personal, suspects all 3 of the homicide yet reveals himself captivated via their hot reliable humor. How is it that they dwell amid degrading poverty, but own a joie de vivre that even the main assiduous forces of nation can't suppress? Do they, regardless of their rejection of social norms and all ambition, carry the key of contentment? And so this brief novel, one among Cossery’s masterpieces, is instantly biting social statement, police procedural, and a mischievous take pleasure in its personal correct.

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