➵ La Violence Et La Dérision Author Albert Cossery – Thomashillier.co.uk

La Violence Et La Dérision Who Are The Jokers The Jokers Are The Government, And The Biggest Joker Of All Is The Governor, A Bug Eyed, Strutting, Rapacious Character Of Unequaled Incompetence Who Presides Over The Nameless Middle Eastern City Where This Effervescent Comedy By Albert Cossery Is Set.The Jokers Are Also The Revolutionaries, No Less Bumbling And No Less Infatuated With The Trappings Of Power Than The Government They Oppose.And The Jokers Are Karim, Omar, Heykal, Urfy, And Their Friends, Free Spirits Who See The Other Jokers For The Jokers They Are And Have Cooked Up A Sophisticated And, Most Important, Foolproof Plan To Enliven Public Life With A Dash Of Subversive Humor.The Joke Is On Them All.


10 thoughts on “La Violence Et La Dérision

  1. says:

    Actually it slike 2.5 stars Albert Cossery had an interesting idea It goes like this a group of Middle Eastern pranksters oppose their authoritarian government not through violence or open revolution, but through outrageous feats of mockery An interesting idea, alas, is not a novel And Cossery at least in this translation of The Jokers is not a very competent writer he tends to want to describe the living fuck out of every character s attitudes and thoughts even the incredibly dund Actually it slike 2.5 stars Albert Cossery had an interesting idea It goes like this a group of Middle Eastern pranksters oppose their authoritarian government not through violence or open revolution, but through outrageous feats of mockery An interesting idea, alas, is not a novel And Cossery at least in this translation of The Jokers is not a very competent writer he tends to want to describe the living fuck out of every character s attitudes and thoughts even the incredibly dunderheaded ones apparently not trusting his readership to respond to implication or subtlety And while he may not have studied the fu...


  2. says:

    Voltaire used to say that only laughter could destroy his infamous adversaries It s Voltaire so we re talking about superstition, organized religion, some monarch or other, Joan of Arc, the whole package Laugh, laugh and you ll crush them, he d say Coincidently, or perhaps not, Voltaire went to the heart of Plato and Hobbes s theory of humour Albeit with some divergences, both philosophers believed that we laugh because we feel superior, we feel that are at an advantage before something or s Voltaire used to say that only laughter could destroy his infamous adversaries It s Voltaire so we re talking about superstition, organized religion, some monarch or other, Joan of Arc, the whole package Laugh, laugh and you ll crush them, he d say Coincidently, or perhaps not, Voltaire went to the heart of Plato and Hobbes s theory of humour Albeit with some divergences, both philosophers believed that we laugh because we feel superior, we feel that are at an advantage before something or someone Voltaire understood that quite well because he was an expert at laughing at others and what was , at making others laugh at his enemies By laughing you are diminishing, you are condemning a person or a situation to triviality Laughter is uncontrollable So is humour Much of today s debate about the limits of humour is testimony to this H...


  3. says:

    This is a short little novel with an irresistible premise A group of loutish prankster revolutionaries decide to launch a campaign against their hated governor, a combination of King Farouk, Silvio Berlusconi, and Hafez al Assad seen on the front cover Instead of trying to kill or depose him, they want to make him look so ridiculous that he is forced to resign They place fake beggars in the street for his policemen to beat, and paint up fake posters which praise his virtu...


  4. says:

    Others have summarized this well enough so no need to do that here but I d like to add some emphasis on the life affirming absurdity and Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marxism on proud display here Taking yourself and your misery too seriously might be one of the worst actions you can self inflict This book gives you some major keys to unlock some very important lessons and it s done in a smart and light handed way I wish Alain de Botton would write How Cossery Can Change Your Life and use li Others have summarized this well enough so no need to do that here but I d like to add some emphasis on the life affirming absurdity and Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marxism on proud display here Taking yourself and your misery too seriously might be one of the worst actions you can self inflict This book gives you some major keys to unlock some very important lessons and it s done in a smart and light handed way I wish Alain de Botton would write How Cossery Can Change Your Life and use liberal Marx Brothers quotes to illustrate his ever so salient points Ah fuck it I ll do it myself despite the fact that I ll only fall short and potentially amuse only myself in the process The only time I stopped acting was when I played the harp HarpoCossery s w...


  5. says:

    a delectably playful, political satire from the late egyptian writer, the jokers la violence et la d risionfeatures a mischievous cast of characters intent on undermining the governor of an unnamed middle eastern municipality cossery s novel, published in the mid 1960 s, is neither heavy handed nor unnecessarily ideological, as many works of political fiction tend to be, but is, instead, a jocular tale that never takes itself too seriously rather than fomenting civil unrest or violent revol a delectably playful, political satire from the late egyptian writer, the jokers la violence et la d risionfeatures a mischievous cast of characters intent on undermining the governor of an unnamed middle eastern municipality cossery s novel, published in the mid 1960 s, is neither heavy handed nor unnecessarily ideological, as many works of political fiction tend to be, bu...


  6. says:

    A pal of Boris Vian s and a citizen of the Saint Germain des pr s, Albert Cossery is a writer with a wicked sense of humor and has a deep understanding of human folly His novel The Jokers is about a group of revolutionaries in Egypt who fight the power by showing noting but the highest respect for that power It is sort of a revolution via The Marx Brothers than anything else.Also there is a joy in life that is actually revoltuionary and how they apply that in a political take over or th A pal of Boris Vian s and a citizen of the Saint Germain des pr s, Albert Cossery is a writer with a wicked sense of humor and has a deep understanding of human folly His novel The Jokers is about a group of revolutionaries in Egypt who fight the power by showing noting but th...


  7. says:

    The fairly recent re issues by nyrb are the primary reason I m aware of Albert Cossery Prior to this one I read and enjoyed a great deal Proud Beggars Proud Beggars was originally translated and published by Black Sparrow Press back in the early 80 s, and prior to the recent reissues was one of only a handful of Cossery s books available in English nyrb reissued it along with The Jokers Not that Cossery was very prolific to begin with In 60 years he only wrote eight novels, in accord The fairl...


  8. says:

    Normally I don t like fiction that sends a message, but Cossery s message is radical, beautiful, and surprising Human society is an unredeemable monstrosity that feeds, and is fed by, the dishonesty, lifelessness, insecurity, and blind obsessions of individual humans Mostly only children and crazy people can see through it, but if sane adults can ...


  9. says:

    A slim and nihilistic book about a group of subversives in what seems to be 1960s Egypt The book is steeped in irony its general worldview is The government is corrupt, society is corrupt, and the best you can do is laugh at the ludicrous little puppets A privileged and dangerous position of disengagement, and one that is apparently characteristic of Cossery s writing overall.But beyond this, and beyond Cossery s sneering attitude toward women, lies an intoxicating and often surreal por A slim and nihilistic book about a group of subversives in what seems to be 1960s Egypt The book is steeped in irony its general worldview is The government is corrupt, society is corrupt, and the best you can do is laugh at the ludicrous little puppets A privileged and d...


  10. says:

    Because the vain, self important, and power hungry deserve mocking even if you agree with their politics.The Jokers is a tidy political story that refuses to take itself too seriously The general points are as relevant today in America as when and where it was written.