The title in the original French is Mendiants et orgueilleux, literally Beggars and Proud People Cossery explained that it came from an Arabic saying, precisely translated as a beggar who sets his own conditions So, welcome to Egyptian squalor, a place of drugs and beggars and prostitutes It is a place completely foreign to us Westerners A place where a government worker is oxymoronic, where classes are strictly defined, where women are objectified Okay, maybe not so foreign Nour El Dine is a police inspector but also a pederast Gohar is an educated, cultured man but also a beggar These two will do a dance What to do, they ponder, about a motiveless murderDoes a crime without motive fall within the scope of the law Isn t it of the same nature as an earthquake, for example An earthquake doesn t think, said Nour El Dine It is a calamity that just happens But man has become a calamity for his fellow man, answered Gohar Man has become worse than an earthquake At any rate he does damage Inspector, don t you agree that the horrors caused by man long ago exceeded those of nature s cataclysms I can t stop an earthquake, said Nour El Dine.This is a place were men will argue, then disperse, muttering invectives of high literary merit. Women, too, such as the higher priced prostitute who declines an invitation to take a stroll thuslyWalk yourself, servant of a failed government My favorite character was the limbless man He is dropped onto a street corner by his stout wife in the morning and retrieved by her at night But, oh they fight, because the limbless man is prized for the amount of alms he receives, and his wife is jealous of his many female admirers With good reason.This was not a hopeful place But, no, it was not entirely foreign. Ukupan utisak je pa, ok.Odli na je atmosfera na crtu Darelu, bez srama , upe atljive su bizarnosti, ali je sve toliko neujedna eno, da mi se ini kao da je Kosri pisao po porud bini i na zadatu temu, iznose i stavove koji mu se dopadaju, ali iz daleka, salonski ili kroz tamni Rejban tinejd erskog vel merca Najvi e je, rekla bih, podbacio na temu likova koji su svi postavljeni briljantno, ali razra eni prili no naivno.Apsurd dozvoljava svakakve slobode, ali se za etnju po tim bespu ima tra e cohones Eto, recimo, Luj Mal je tip koji je od ovoga mogao napraviti remek delo.Nije bezveze, vredi i vi e nego to ga cenim, al me je iznervirao to je imao potencijala za savr en roman, no pao je na glupim forama, pa u mu zalepiti trojku od jeda. A vida formid vel porque a vejo com os olhos do esc rnio Sempre convivi com os marginais, porque os marginais s o o que h de mais vivo no mundo Fazem o que querem, e por isso s o mais divertidos que as outras pessoas Os marginais s o tamb m frequentemente mais inteligentes Era assim Albert Cossery, um eg pcio que viveu os ltimos cinquenta anos da sua vida num mesmo quarto em Paris Trabalhava pouco porque n o lhe interessava acumular bens materiais Ao longo de sessenta anos de carreira como escritor publicou apenas oito livros, que lhe permitiu viver uma vida simples dedicada reflex o Dizia se, em jeito de anedota, que escrevia uma linha por dia Embora escrevesse sempre em franc s, quase todos os seus livros s o sobre o Egipto e o seu povo e, segundo ele, baseados em situa es reais que viu e viveu Mendigos e Altivos, considerada a sua obra prima o nico livro que li, mas tenciono ler todos , um romance muito original, pelo tema e pelo estilo, que trata assuntos s rios, mas recorrendo ao humor negro em vez de ao drama Nur El Dine um pol cia inteligente que n o resiste a um belo efebo Investiga um crime ocorrido numa casa de putas, onde Gohar, um velho professor universit rio que abandonou a sua vida anterior para se tornar vagabundo e melhor conhecer a humanidade faz uns trabalhos de escrita para sustentar o seu v cio enquanto n o realiza o seu sonho de ir para a S ria, onde h grandes planta es de haxixe Gohar, idolatrado por Ieguene, um traficante de droga feio como o inferno, cuja m e desistiu de rezar por ele, delegando lhe essa tarefa, coisa que muito o aflige O terceiro suspeito do crime no bordel, e amigo de Gohar, El Kordi, um funcion rio p blico um escriv o sem caneta, a qual lhe foi retirada pelo chefe porque ele n o a utilizava um jovem poeta de ideias revolucion rias e apaixonado por uma prostituta, que ele pretende salvar Estas quatro personagens protagonizam situa es, por vezes absurdas de t o delirantes, que nos p em a pensar em assuntos s rios, rindoA pobreza extrema pode significar o apogeu da liberdade quem nada tem para perder n o sente medo, pois s o os bens materiais que nos subjugam aos que dominam Como diz Ieguene n o h que temer uma bomba que destr i uma cidade, pois o seu custo tem que ser muito grande e, com certeza, n o a ir o desperdi ar fazendo a explodir em cima de quem vive num tug rio, onde as barracas mal se t m de p Mais tarde, algu m lhe dir que n o exactamente assimAlbert Cossery formid vel A beautiful and very young prostitute gets killed in the beginning of Proud Beggars which sets off a journey of self discovery Also everyone is likable, including the young girl s murderer Welcome to the world of Albert Cossery The narrative takes place in what we believe is in Egypt perhaps Cairo Cossery is from the Middle East but lived in Paris most of his life A hardcore member of the St Germain crowd, Cossery is a writer of incredible charm, that is full of poison What is fascinating is that via this novel we enter into a world of beggars where it is not only a choice for some, but a desired lifestyle Poverty worn as a sign of pride Of course there is anxiety in knowing where one is going to sleep that night, or where the next meal will come from if any at all , but the sense of freedom that goes with the lifestyle is the addiction where these characters roam with great joy.The detective who is investigating the murder, is a closeted homosexual who is deeply attracted to the people he s after A strange dance or chess game with all the characters who are expressing a certain school of existentialism Cossery, as a writer, has the knack of expressing a culture in a light hearted way but again, with a sense of great wit, and this book is a very dark comedy The murder was committed with no real purpose, which is shocking, but what is shocking is how the characters react to the crime A very strange book in that sense and it reminds me a bit of Paul Bowles work Maybe because its a strange culture to me, but the surrealism of the scenery and the joy that the beggars at least the main characters have with life is kind of upsetting This is another remarkable novel by a great writer. Dans Les Rues De Caire, Gohar, Ex Philosophe Devenu Mendiant, Sillonne Avec Nonchalance Les Ruelles De La Ville Et Croise Des Figures Pittoresques Et Exemplaires Dans Ce Petit Peuple O Un Manchot, Cul De Jatte, Subit Les Crises De Jalousie De Sa Compagne, On Rencontre Aussi Yeghen, Vendeur Hachisch, Laid Et Heureux Et Set Amina, La M Re Maquerelle Il Y A Aussi Nour Et Dine, Un Policier Homosexuel, Autoritaire, Mais Tr S Vite Saisi Par Le Doute Mesure Que Progresse Son Enqu Te Un Meurtre A Eu Lieu, Celui D Une Jeune Prostitu EAvec Mendiants Et Orgueilleux , L Crivain Gyptien A Sign Un Bijou Romanesque O L Intrigue Polici Re Se Double D Une Lancinante Interrogation Sur Le Sens De La Vie, Dans L Garement D Une Soci T Qui Cahote Entre Ses Vices, Perversions, Mis Res Vari Es Et Compl Mentaires Comme Souvent Chez Cossery, Le Bordel Tient Logiquement Une Place Centrale Dans Un Univers D Hommes Plus Ou Moins D Sorient S Et D S Uvr S Origem do exemplar Biblioteca L ngua da edi o lida Portugu s Tradu o Boa G nero Fic o literatura Avalia o Bom 3,5. I often wonder about sentences about their impact, their purity, their necessity of being I wonder about wasted words, wasted pages, and wasted stories I wonder every time I read.Yet, whenever I reach for The Proud Beggars, I find myself in awe, mesmerized, a captive to Cossery s mastery of language, his scenes, his characters, and his ideology If there ever was the perfect literary book, for me, it is this one.No matter how many times I read this book, it never fails to grab me anew and bring me to my knees.Through his easy flowing, imagery rich writing, Cossery breathes life into his main characters Gohar, a wealthy, respected philosophy professor, who leaves everything to become a beggar Yeghen, a hideous derelict poet, who values friendship above his own life El Kordi, a government clerk, who is too occupied with noble ideals to actually perform any work and Nour el Dine, a pederast police inspector, who wonders whether all he serves and believes in is only a sham.Cossery s mastery of language and Cushing s excellent translation delivers an astounding experience, both visual and emotional His writing is renown for giving voice to the least fortunate of men, and he continues this tradition in The Proud Beggars Using the Cairo slums as a background, Cossery is not satisfied with merely painting the surroundings he delves deep and bores through the fabric of societal hierarchy all the way to the deepest bottom, to circles where one does not need to pretend any A world of men only a modern society is capable of producing, a world where misery seeps from every pore ad infinitum An obscure world of cigarette butt scavengers, prostitutes, secret gay lovers, street vendors, drug dealers, and the worst of the scum, while across the river the lights shine brightly on the most exquisite merchandise.Although the story takes place in pre WWII era, Cossery s philosophy proves itself timeless and remains relevant today A man is only free when he has nothing to lose Society, and the middle class in particular, is merely tied down, chained by its priced possessions, and forced to forfeit liberties in exchange for meaningless artifacts Can we argue with such a view Certainly, and we should But how different are we really How different is life in these glory days We might not have the need to scavenge for food, but we continue to chase after the coolest gadgets, the latest fashion, the shiniest jewelry, and the best living spaces We continue to sell part of ourselves for these comforts.This book, however, is not about the absurdity of modern day society Nor am I standing atop a soapbox It is, first and foremost, a human story a story of dignity, of man s weaknesses and strengths, of enlightenment and perversity It is a story of the blind tearing off their veils and seeing, for the first time, what really matters And from there, we are on our own, as Cossery, after a spectacular ending, leaves to us the choice to see or not to see.I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys deep psychological dramas. 9 10 , 2016 ,. Proud Beggars is an exquisite meditation on dignity, not just another Egyptian noir though there isn t anything bad about that Neither is this a tale of the Junkie Raskolnikov in the Medina, which is what the plot suggests initially The narrative involves a trio of friends in a seedy district of Cairo, each singular in his trials and ambitions A crime is committed and such alerts the presence of a conflicted police detective What follows is remarkable There a re a pair of scenes which explore humanity s capacity for contentment I pause when I consider either of them.Thanks to Jonathan Morton for his endorsement of Mr Cossery. Mendigos e Altivos conta nos uma hist ria menos movida pela ac o do que pelos personagens que a habitam e sua filosofia de vida.Nur El Dine um oficial de pol cia dedicado, a quem coube investigar o homic dio de uma prostituta numa casa de passe As suspeitas recaem sobre tr s homens que s o mendigos, marginais por op o, que v em a pobreza extrema como forma ltima de liberta o S o eles Gohar, um antigo professor universit rio, que escolheu a indig ncia e que sonha ir viver para a S ria conv m esclarecer que o livro foi publicado em 1955 onde n o lhe faltar o haxixe de que depende Ieguene, cuja feiura assusta toda a gente menos a sua m e, e que o fornecedor de haxixe a Gohar a quem venera El Kordi, um funcion rio p blico desvalido, anarquista com pretens es a poeta, e apaixonado por uma prostituta t sica que ele deseja salvar contra a vontade da dita Todos nutrem o mesmo desprezo pela ordem socialmente estabelecida e pela autoridade policial e, nada tendo a perder porque nada possuem s o imunes a qualquer conting ncia que a vida lhes reserve o que vai dando com o pobre Nur El Dine em doido.Filosofia, s tira, absurdez e provoca o num livro que me divertiu imenso.
Albert Cossery November 3, 1913 June 22, 2008 was an Egyptian born French writer of Greek Orthodox Syrian and Lebanese descent, born in Cairo.Son of small property owners in Cairo, at the age of 17, inspired by reading Honor de Balzac, Albert Cossery Arabic emigrated to Paris He came there to continue his studies which he never did devote himself to, writing and settled perma
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