Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, 2012, Short-listed, Carnival.
Quebec Writers' Federation Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, 2012, Winner, Carnival.
Amazon.ca Best Books: Editors' Picks, 2012, Commended, Carnival.
Amazon.ca Best Books: Top 10 Fiction, 2012, Commended, Carnival.
Amazon.ca Best Books: Top 10 Canadian Fiction, 2012, Commended, Carnival.
Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, 2012, Commended, Carnival.
Fly's world is a bleak place, filled with themes of death and the grotesque and gritty pleasure.
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
[Carnival] is delivered in Hage’s festive, hard-boiled style. The novel’s short scenes of decadence and desperation spray across the pages like buckshot –loud and scattered, but still penetrating.
- Time Out New York
- The Rumpus
Hage’s writing can be poetic, funny and tragic. Most importantly, it always bears the mark of displacement.
Hage continues to display a refreshingly confrontational aspect, and is unafraid to address material that writers more steeped in CanLit’s pervading politesse would studiously avoid.
- Walrus Magazine
Finally, a piece of fiction that roars...Hage’s language is vivid, full of surreal imagery and laced with metaphor...literary risk-takers are rarer every day. I’ll take a novelist with Hage’s energy any time.
- NOW Magazine
[Hage's] most exuberant, imaginative and playful [novel] yet.
- Telegraph Journal
Hage’s prose is addictive ... [Carnival is] amazing, original, and impolite.
- Montreal Review of Books
The normally polite CanLit canon won’t prepare you for the violence, obsession, anger, lust and corruption of Hage’s books ... imagine Camus rewriting Taxi Driver.
- Toronto Life
Carnival is a rich and compelling read, a testament to a daring and talented novelist.
- National Post
The things that make Rawi Hage a major literary talent include freshness, gut-wrenching lyricism, boldness, emotional restraint, intellectual depth, historical sense, political subversiveness and uncompromising compassion.
- Globe and Mail
The overall sense of the piece is a celebration of literature, but at the same time, Carnival is about the harsh, raw, senseless world that inspires books, driving home the fact that truth is -- unavoidably -- stranger than fiction.
- Winnipeg Free Press
Rawi Hage is, quite simply, a brilliant writer ... Carnival confirms Hage's status as a star in the literary firmament.
- Toronto Star
It’s easy to see why Carnival made Hage one of the finalists for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize ... the strands of the story weave tightly around the reader, leaving one tangled in a web of enchantment.