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Trevor (Mookse) | 1252 comments Mod
The Jokers

The Jokers

Publication Date: July 20, 2010
Pages: 160
Introduction by James Buchan.
Translated from the French by Anna Moschovakis.
Originally published in 1964.

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.


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Lobstergirl | 120 comments That's Hafez Al-Assad on the cover, by the way (deceased dictator of Syria). The image comes from one of those giant propagandistic billboards that dictators like to erect.




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Trevor (Mookse) | 1252 comments Mod
I had no idea! I have the book but have not looked into the cover. Thanks!


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