Rawi Hage (1964) is a Canadian writer and photographer, who was born in Lebanon and grew up during the civil war there. Hage’s first novel De Niro’s Game (2006) already garnered much attention and won several international literary prizes. The novel is about friendship and the difficulty of choices in the city of the author’s birth, the restive and violent Beirut. His second novel Cockroach (2008), which focuses on the complicated life of a Middle Eastern immigrant in a Montreal suburb and at the periphery of Canadian society, met with similar success. Hage’s works have been translated into twenty languages. Despite his great success, the former taxi driver Hage admits that he prefers spending time with his old colleagues to literary events, because taxi drivers are wonderful storytellers. Rawi Hage talks to translator Triin Tael.