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Laziness in the Fertile Valley by Albert Cossery

A portrait of a family of proud layabouts who avoid work and sleep all day by the Egyptian writer often referred to as "the Voltaire of the Nile"Laziness in the Fertile Valley is Albert Cossery’s biting social satire about a father, his three sons, and their uncle — slackers one and all. One brother has been sleeping for almost seven years, waking only to use the bathroom and eat a meal. Another savagely defends the household from women. Serag, the youngest, is the only member of the family interested in getting a job. But even he — try as he might — has a hard time resisting the call of laziness.

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ISBN-13: 9780811218740
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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.

William Goyen was an American writer, most known for his novel, The House of Breath.

Henry Miller (1891—1980) was one of the most controversial American novelists during his lifetime. His book, The Tropic of Cancer, was banned in the some U.S. states before being overruled by the Supreme Court. New Directions publishes several of his books.

Anna Della Subin is the author of Not Dead But Sleeping (2017). Her work has also appeared in the London Review of Books, The New York Times, and The White Review, among other places. She is a contributing editor at Bidoun.

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Laziness in the Fertile Valley 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book, but my main issue with this particular edition of the novel is the poor translation, resulting in a few small typos. You can work through them, they are small, but it is just a bit sloppy.