The Jokers

byAlbert CosseryTranslated byAnna MoschovakisIntroduction byJames Buchan

July 13, 2010|
The Jokers by Albert Cossery
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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.

Title:The JokersFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:232 pages, 7.98 X 4.97 X 0.47 inShipping dimensions:232 pages, 7.98 X 4.97 X 0.47 inPublished:July 13, 2010Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1590173252

ISBN - 13:9781590173251

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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