TAXI


"A book to make you feel guilty you ever tried to bargain down a cab fare in any poor country." -Chicago Tribune

"Taxi's brilliance is that it captures the point at which cabs cease to be just a means of transportation." -Foreign Policy


Underscoring the most diverse species on the planet-the taxi driver-this striking portrait unveils the polluted, unforgiving streets of Cairo, a city that simply refuses to stand still. Bringing together 58 fictional monologues from Cairo cabbies, recreated from actual experiences while traversing the city, this novel takes readers on a roller coaster of emotions as bumpy and noisy as the city's potholed and chaotic streets. Described as an urban sociology, an ethnography, a classic of oral history, and even a work of poetry in motion, these narratives tell tales of the struggle for survival and dignity among greater Cairo's 80,000 cab drivers. Written in a rich colloquial, this unique anthology combines poignant self-reflections with the authentic insights of the man on the street

 

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