The Feather and Stick Method

CarnivalNight Rider| Review of Rawi Hage, Carnival (Hamish Hamilton, 2013). Financial Times | 6 September 2013.

The work of the young Albert Camus was once described as Kafka written by Hemingway – a deft example of the shorthand book reviewers often reach for when trying to pin down new talent. On the cover of Rawi Hage’s third novel, Carnival, a reviewer’s line asks us to “Imagine Camus rewriting Taxi Driver” – which made me think that perhaps this device should be retired for a little while...