Best books of 2012

Cult‘s book reviewers offer up their top picks for the year’s best reads, including new books by Chris Kraus, Chris Ware and Rawi Hage.

Rawi Hage’s Carnival: Transcendental Masturbation

Rawi Hage’s latest novel, Carnival, snakes through the streets of an imaginary city, inhaling and exhaling a cast of petty crooks, sex workers and thugs. Hage’s protagonist is a cabbie named Fly, who, as his name suggests, is perpetually in motion.