I stumbled across this book on the library rack of new books. Having never read Cossery (whose works have only recently been translated), I thought this novella might be an interesting treat. I found it to be a mildly amusing allegory about corruption & the differences between the haves & the have-nots. Of course, being an allegory, his themes & commentary on them are universal & timeless. I think Cossery did a lovely job of giving a glimpse of life in Cairo. Definitely worth reading if you want to try a modern allegory.