Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Albert Cossery dies in Paris

One of Egypt´s most known authors abroad, Albert Cossery died on Sunday, at the hotel Louisiana that had been his home since coming to Paris in 1945.

His eight books has been translated into 15 languages,and always focused on the long gone Cairo of his memories and dreams,and it´s people. His most famous books are Proud Beggars,A Room In Cairo,Men God Forgot," and his last novel, The Colours of Infamy.

"I am and remain an Egyptian of French culture and language, with an Egyptian universe," he added. "That is why my books only make reference to my country of birth."

In Paris he always lived in the same room at the Louisiana hotel on Rue de Seine, free of all belongings bar his clothes. "To attest to one's presence on Earth, you don't need a car," he said.

Cossery was born in 1913 and died at the age of 94.

I´ll try to write a bit more on this later.

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