Winner of the Quebec Writers'' Federation Hugh MacLennan
Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the Rogers Writers'' Trust
In the Carnival city there are two types of taxi drivers -- the
spiders and the flies. The spiders patiently sit in their cars and
wait for the calls to come. But the flies are wanderers - they roam
the streets, looking for the raised hands of passengers among
life''s perpetual flux.
Fly is a wanderer and a knower. Raised in the circus, the son of
a golden-haired trapeze artist and a flying carpet pilot from the
East, he is destined to drift and observe. From his taxi we see the
world in all 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 trying to live ordinary lives. Hunger and injustice
claw at the city, and books provide the only true shelter. And when
the Carnival starts, all limits dissolve, and a gunshot goes off .
With all of the beauty, truth, rage, and peripatetic
storytelling that have made Cockroach and De Niro''s
Game international publishing sensations, Carnival
gives us Rawi Hage at his searing best. Alternately laughing at
absurdity and crying out at oppression, 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.