On the 10th anniversary of writer Albert Cossery’s death, the French Institute in Cairo will organize a tribute programme of talks and a book launch in his honor on 25 June.
The French Institute will host the programme in collaboration with Townhouse Gallery, and will highlight Cossery’s philosophical reflections, bringing to light some of the lesser known aspects of his work.
A literary evening on Monday 25 June will see Pisso Boutrous Ghaly and Hassan Geretith reading a selection of Cossery’s writings, and a moderated discussion led by literary critic and writer Ahmed Naji, that will focuses on Joëlle Losfeld, editor of the complete works of Albert Cossery, along with Beshir El Sebai, Catherine Farhi, Hanan Mounib, Christophe Ayad and Irène Fenoglio.
Comedian Salem Yousri will be reading texts written by Nael El Toukhy, a writer very much influenced by Cossery.
Translation in Arabic, French and English will be provided for the talks.
The Arabic version of Golo and Cossery’s comic “Proud Beggar” will be launched. The comic is directed and conceived by comic artist Shennawy, edited by The Ninth Art, and translated by Mona Sabry.
Shennawy is also curating an exhibition of drawings by Golo.
“Cossery chose to stage the prosaicness of the Egyptian capital city in a literary work which praising laziness and deprivation as a philosophy of life,” the event description says of the writer, who authored 8 books that were translated into 15 languages.
Monday 25 June, at 7pm
Townhouse Rawabet, 3 Hussein Memar St., Downtown, Cairo
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