A Splendid Conspiracy

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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 is a translator of French and francophone literary fiction, art history, and children's literature. She has been awarded an NEA translation grant, a PEN translation grant, two grants from the Centre national du livre, and was twice winner of the French-American Foundation Translation Prize, for Eric Chevillard's Prehistoric Times and for Jean Giono's A King Alone. Her translation of the children's book The Tiger Prince by Chen Jiang Hong was awarded the Prix Albertine Jeunesse in 2019. Her most recent translations are Jean-Patrick Manchette's No Room at the Morgue (NYRB), and with her daughter Margot Kerlidou, Claude Ponti's Blaze and the Castle Cake for Bertha Daye (Elsewhere Editions). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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