(photo credit: Pedro Uhart)
What is fascinating is that via this novel we enter into a world of beggars – where it is not only a choice for some, but a desired lifestyle. Poverty worn as a sign of pride. Of course there is anxiety in knowing where one is going to sleep that night, or where the next meal will come from (if any at all), but the sense of freedom that goes with the lifestyle is the addiction where these characters roam with great joy.
— Albert Cossery’s Proud Beggars gets reviewed in Book Soup’s, the West Hollywood bookstore, blog (read the rest of the review here). Particularly cool are the portraits of Cossery; we had a tough time deciding which one to post here.