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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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Paperback Editions

September 2011 : Paperback

Title: Taxi (English edition)
Author(s): Khaled Al Khamissi
ISBN: 999217871X / 978-9992178713
Publisher: Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   

April 2008 : UK Paperback

Title: Taxi
Author(s): Khaled Al Khamissi
ISBN: 1-906300-02-X / 978-1-906300-02-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Aflame Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA