Carnival: A Novel
A stirring new masterpiece from the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award–winning author of Cockroach and De Niro’s Game.In Carnival, internationally acclaimed author Rawi Hage takes us into the world of Fly, a taxi driver in a crime-ridden apocalyptic metropolis. Raised in the circus, the son of a... show more
A stirring new masterpiece from the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award–winning author of Cockroach and De Niro’s Game.In Carnival, internationally acclaimed author Rawi Hage takes us into the world of Fly, a taxi driver in a crime-ridden apocalyptic metropolis. Raised in the circus, the son of a golden-haired trapeze artist and a flying-carpet man, Fly sees everything, taking in all of the city’s carnivalesque beauty and ugliness as he roves through its dizzying streets in his taxi. Fly is a reader, too, and when he’s not in his taxi he is at home in the equally dizzying labyrinth of books that fills his tiny apartment. His best friend is Otto, a political activist who’s in and out of jails and asylums, mourning his dead wife and lost foster son. On one otherwise tawdry night Fly meets Mary, a book-loving passenger with a domineering husband. So begins a romance that is, for Fly, a brief glimmer of light amid the shadows and grit of the Carnival city. Along with Otto and Mary, Fly introduces us to madmen and revolutionaries, magicians and prostitutes as he picks them up and drops them off, traveling through a nightmarish town that is—we can’t help but notice—a parable for our own debauched, unjust world. Wildly imaginative and darkly ironic, Carnival is a magnificent achievement.
Publish date: June 17th 2013
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
Title: Carnival Who wrote it? IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, McAuslan First Book Prize, and two time Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction winner Rawi Hage, author of De Niro's Game and Cockroach. Plot in a box: A son of the circus drives a taxi around an unnamed metropolis. Invent a new title for th...
I've been reading books lately that run toward metaphor's or allusion's finish line, using a relay of plot points like cardboard cut-outs and characters that one can't completely sink into.That said, I love the way Hage writes. I love Fly's observation of the Spiders. I love the way he organizes his...
Vague, rambling, beautiful, shocking, disturbing, intelligent, fantastical...Pick a word, any word. It will probably go towards describing this book in some way.This is a very grown-up book. It's one of those books that you have no chance of understanding while still growing-up and probably won't un...
Fly is a taxi driver in Montreal(or a city much like it, the book never really specified) and the book Carnival is centered around his interactions with the people he has met both as a driver and in his everyday life. Fly had an unusual upbringing as the child of circus performers and his observatio...