The Colors of Infamy

Albert Cossery (Author) Alyson Waters (Translator)
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One fat victim ("everything about him oozed opulence and theft on a grand scale") is relieved of his crocodile wallet. In it Ossama finds not just a gratifying amount of cash, but also a letter -- a letter from the Ministry of Public Works, cutting off its ties to the fat man. A source of rich bribes heretofore, the fat man is now too hot to handle; he's a fabulously wealthy real-estate developer, lately much in the news because one of his cheap buildings has just collapsed, killing 50 tenants. Ossama "by some divine decree has become the repository of a scandal" of epic proportions. And so he decides he must act. . . .

Among the books to be treasured by the utterly singular Albert Cossery, his last, hilarious novel, The Colors of Infamy, is a particular jewel.

Product Details

Price
$12.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
November 23, 2011
Pages
96
Dimensions
5.1 X 0.3 X 7.8 inches | 0.22 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811217958
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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.

Reviews

Beyond Cossery 's stylish ironies, we glimpse a country seething in poverty and malfeasance and, like the concrete buildings his narratives are usually set in, perpetually on the verge of collapse. In fact, it is seems as if only the totality of this corruption is keeping the country together, an adhesive of turpitude permeating every social fabric.

Beyond Cossery's stylish ironies, we glimpse a country seething in poverty and malfeasance and, like the concrete buildings his narratives are usually set in, perpetually on the verge of collapse. In fact, it is seems as if only the totality of this corruption is keeping the country together, an adhesive of turpitude permeating every social fabric.
Albert Cossery, who died in 2008 at age 94, ought to be a household name. He s that good: an elegant stylist, an unrelenting ironist, his great subject the futility of ambition in a world where everything is false. --David Ulin"

Beyond Cossery s stylish ironies, we glimpse a country seething in poverty and malfeasance and, like the concrete buildings his narratives are usually set in, perpetually on the verge of collapse. In fact, it is seems as if only the totality of this corruption is keeping the country together, an adhesive of turpitude permeating every social fabric. "