"[The madwoman said] ‘How is humanity these days, prince? I remember it as being nasty.’
She seemed to be asking about a foreign country she had once visited in her youth but to which she’d never returned.
‘It still is,’ responded Heykal. ‘But human foolishness remains entertaining enough.’"

The Jokers, Albert Cossery — no joke, one of the best books I’ve read this year.