by Rawi Hage - £8.99 Penguin Books Ltd (2014)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780241964903 | ISBN 10: 0241964903
Carnival is a new novel from IMPAC Literary Award winner Rawi Hage.
WINNER OF THE PARAGRAPHE HUGH MACLENNAN PRIZE FOR FICTION
There are two types of taxi driver in the Carnival city - the spiders and the flies. The spiders sit and stew in their cars, waiting for the calls to come to them. But the flies are wanderers - they roam the streets, looking for the raised flags of hands.
Fly is a wanderer and from the seat of his taxi we see the world in all of its carnivalesque beauty and ugliness. We meet criminals, prostitutes, madmen, magicians, and clowns of many kinds. We meet ordinary people going to extraordinary places, and revolutionaries just trying to find something to eat. With all of the beauty, truth, rage, and peripatetic storytelling that have made his first two novels international publishing sensations, Carnival gives us Rawi Hage at his searing best.
By turns outrageous, hilarious, sorrowful, and stirring, Carnival is a tour de force that will make all of life's passengers squirm in their comfortable, complacent backseats.
(Price & availability last checked: June 2014)