By Rawi Hage

A stirring new masterpiece from the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award–winning writer of Cockroach and De Niro’s Game.

In Carnival, across the world acclaimed writer Rawi Hage takes us into the realm of Fly, a taxi motive force in a crime-ridden apocalyptic city.

Raised within the circus, the son of a golden-haired trapeze artist and a flying-carpet guy, Fly sees every little thing, taking in the entire city’s carnivalesque attractiveness and ugliness as he roves via its dizzying streets in his taxi. Fly is a reader, too, and whilst he’s now not in his taxi he's at domestic within the both dizzying labyrinth of books that fills his tiny residence. His ally is Otto, a political activist who’s out and in of jails and asylums, mourning his useless spouse and misplaced foster son. On one differently tawdry evening Fly meets Mary, a book-loving passenger with a domineering husband. So starts off a romance that's, for Fly, a short glimmer of sunshine 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 alternatives them up and drops them off, touring via a nightmarish city that is―we can’t aid yet notice―a parable for our personal debauched, unjust world.

Wildly innovative and darkly ironic, Carnival is an impressive achievement.

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I needed to invite you, son. Do you think that of God, lifestyles, and dying? certain certainly, forever. i feel that your god doesn’t exist, yet demise does; so does lifestyles. Then the priest began to cry. Son, whatever very significant has occurred to me. I nodded. I died and that i got here again. Like Jesus, I stated. good, certain and no. I wouldn’t placed myself within the related type. it's not that i am important. anything staggering occurred to me the opposite evening. I had a serious center assault and my center stopped. I went via a tunnel and that i observed a lake, and my father, and my uncle. It used to be peaceable and serene. yet then whatever pulled me again. I went throughout the tunnel in opposite, i may think somebody dragging me and that i grew to become my head and that i observed you, and it was once you who was once bringing me again right here, to this existence. It was once you whom I observed, son. good, I don’t recognize what to claim, I informed him. Sorry I interrupted your dream. It used to be no longer a dream, it used to be very genuine. good then, i've got many folks who might testify that i used to be the following on the earth. i finished and ate at Café Bolero, yet differently i used to be operating, riding my cab to maintain my existence so as. I picked up many consumers who're right here for the Carnival. all types of misplaced souls, Father. convinced, convinced . . . yet, son, do you think within the different aspect? i think in others, and in people, and in an international of wandering and of continuous switch. and that i think that i'm right here now, and that at some point I’ll depart like the butterfly leaves, by no means difficult whatever greater than the air it has touched with its personal wings. i think that you're greater than that, the priest stated, respiring noisily via his tubes. i feel you're a strength. i think you rule this global yet now not the following. and also you introduced me again. i think you're a few form of demiurge, and, i think, a misplaced one. perhaps even an evil one. good, Father, i believe the single evil is you and your lot of delusional believers who make girls endure, who inform Africans to abstain from intercourse and never to guard themselves. i think you're a hater of misfits, a suppressor of clowns’ laughs, scissors to the ropes of mountain climbers, chains to the wanderer, and a blindfold to the knower: a hater of fellows. yet you're additionally a lover your self, a lover of strength and buffoon dictators, a protector of hands purchasers and thieves, pardoner of hypocrites with pious tongues and soiled palms . . . might God forgive you, my son. could your god, if there actually is one, forgive himself for those inferior creations. i'm leaving, yet i have to comprehend the place Mary is. Mary is long gone, he stated. long gone the place? We prepared to ship her to a convent abroad. the place out of the country? I won’t let you know. your organization isn't really solid for her. She is in stable arms, with humans of religion. stable humans. Her humans now. i need to grasp the place she is. i would like to ship her a couple of books. there's just one e-book that concerns in her lifestyles now: the person who saves us. there is not any one unmarried e-book that may potentially shop us. you could depart now. i must name the nurse. might be we’ll meet back. And this time I’ll be sure to not pull you again, I stated, and left him there and walked again throughout the lengthy hallway and down the steps, outdoors the development and to my automobile.

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