A Splendid Conspiracy

Albert Cossery (Author) Alyson Waters (Editor)
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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.

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
May 25, 2010
5.1 X 0.6 X 7.8 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Albert Cossery (1913-2008) was an Egyptian-born French novelist. Among his works are The Colors of Infamy, A Splendid Conspiracy, and The House of Certain Death, all published by New Directions.
Alyson Waters teaches at Yale and won a PEN Translation Fund Award prize for her translation of Albert Cossery's The Colors of Infamy.


Above all Cossery, one of the last and quirkiest links to the postwar glory days of St. Germain-de-Pres, elevated idleness to an art form.
A legend...His caustic satire burned like the desert sun, undermining all forms of authority. Cossery despised materialism and eschewed the rat race... The overt message [is] that paradise is not lost, but most of us are too busy to bask in the Edenic simplicity of the world.
I never see anything anywhere like it. All of Cossery's books have a rare, exotic, haunting, unique flavor.--Henry Miller