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Les avatars de l'absurde dans

Author(s): Hafez-Ergaut, Agnès

Journal: FULGOR: Flinders University Languages Group Online Review
ISSN 1446-9219

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: Languages | Language studies | French | Litterature | Egypte | absurde | parodie | Yeghen | Gohar | El Kordi | Naïla | Egypt | absurd | parody

This article deals with the notion of the absurd and explores its interpretation from a non-Western point of view in a novel by the Egyptian writer Albert Cossery, "Mendiants et orgueilleux". It argues that the novelist parodies the philosophy of the absurd by using characters whose outrageous actions and attitudes ridicule what was acclaimed by Sartre as new humanism. It aims at demonstrating that Albert Cossery, by presenting an image of the absurd distorted by parody and ridicule, refutes the notion of the absurd and advocates the superiority of the principle of life over a philosophy that undermines its integrity.
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