Mohammed Helal Death of a Taxi Driver

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A fascinating journey into inner space, written with romanticism unique to the author’s Bengali culture, Mohammed Helal’s Death of a Taxi Driver is an intense and exciting tragedy of Everyman on the streets of Toronto.  Amidst the riches of Canada’s premiere city, an immigrant taxi driver pursues a proletarian destiny–he has committed a crime and has undergone a harrowing time through the slow and onerous courts.  (It will be noted here that the author has given express consent for this Press Release’s revision, agreeing to the items written about the city of Toronto, which is the setting for his fiction. –Ed.)  Meantime he roams free and like the proverbial Dutchman, roams Toronto’s streets in endless circles, ruminating on his fate and his miseries (one of which is a love triangle involving him, his wife, and another man), until he decides to break the mirror of fate and end his life and with it, the misery and mental suffering that he carried around for a long time.

Mohammed Helal’s viewpoint is multicultural and a positive net effect is the general sense of one being transported or connected to many other times and places while the story describes modern scenes in its here and now.  Helal does a literary gamble in narrating a story set in a modern Western city with the clear, descriptive rococo of classical Persian storytelling and the flavors of his native Bangladesh.  He updates these and makes an interesting case for non-Western authors to be accepted as equals in Western literature.  Why, one asks, has the author gambled thus?  The answer is, because he has the vision and talent to see it through.  The many contrasts thus made, though, supports the taxi driver’s alienation–whilst his heart and soul might fly through the city on a magic carpet, he must twist and tangle with the taxi’s wheel to secretly escape a dark fate on the streets of Toronto. 

The story Death of a Taxi Driver itself is elegaic, beating with slow philosophical wings cascaded wonderfully in the sparkling stream of dramatic events.  At the same time it is realistic with a purpose–to connect its readers with concurrent social and political issues and an urge for a sustainable political journey to an aspired direction.  Interestingly, this captivating fiction reflects on romance, sensuality, rage, revenge, bad mistakes, mental travails, guilt, redemption, depression and hallucination with intimate and vivid descriptions, emotional intensity and psychological insight.  While the taxi driver has the heart of his native land, he has, because he also feels deeply about the common miseries of the Western society he is in, admitted that he has become himself a different man, but one who is acutely aware of his roots and his being quite different in that society.  In the end, Helal cuts through the lines to ask readers: “The burning question here is how we can minimize our emotional mistakes, and how much is a society willing to respond to a unique individual need?”  For anyone, whether Western, Arab, Oriental, African or Latin American, Helal’s book is a cry from the heart that reverberates in this sad tale of loneliness and the uselessness of human life that has no other purpose in its solemn journey but utility and productivity in societies (not confined to any one country) which seem to appreciate economic value alone

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ABOUT MOHAMMED HELAL: I was born in Bangladesh. After my college graduation in a district town, I moved to Dhaka in 1981 for higher education. I achieved a bachelor’s degree with honors in 1985 and a master’s degree in 1987 in English Literature from Dhaka University.

I came to Canada few years after and started my career in a not-for-profit organization in Toronto, and then in 2000 I joined one of the major banks in Canada. I have two passions now - gardening during the summer and writing all through the year.

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