Laziness in the Fertile Valley (Paperback)

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Laziness in the Fertile Valley By Albert Cossery, William Goyen (Translated by), Henry Miller (Foreword by), Anna Della Subin (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Albert Cossery, William Goyen (Translated by), Henry Miller (Foreword by), Anna Della Subin (Afterword by)
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Cosserey left his native Egypt at a young age, and rather appropriately, his memories are sleepy and sandy-eyed, almost longueurs. The remaining males within a rotting family manor literally sleep all the livelong day, and will weep and thrash about if they're made to what happens one decides that it's time to get a job?

— Patrick


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.

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.

Praise For…

Despite the seemingly unrelieved gloom and futility in which his figures move, Cossery nevertheless expresses in every work the indomitable faith in the power of people to throw off the yoke.
— Henry Miller
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811218740
ISBN-10: 0811218740
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: November 19th, 2013
Pages: 176
Language: English