NPR stories about Taxi
Years before Cairo's Tahrir Square demonstrations began in 2011, writer Khaled Alkhamissi set out to document how average Egyptians felt about their country's state of affairs. He focused his research on one particular Egyptian Everyman — the Cairo cabbie — and spent a year commuting in taxi back seats, listening. This collection of 58 fictional conversations was informed by that research and touches on everything from seat belt regulations and government corruption to Egyptian cinema and
Sometimes described as the novel that predicted the uprising, Taxi takes readers on a rip-roaring ride through the daily frustrations of life in Cairo. By recounting the narrator's fictional conversations with dozens of taxi drivers, it tells the stories of Egyptians struggling to make ends meet as they navigate their way through choking traffic and monolithic bureaucracy, commenting on everything from video games to politics to the war in Iraq along the way.
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