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Product Details

  • Series: Chicago Visions and Revisions
  • Hardcover: 124 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226734730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226734736
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Samarov captures the most shocking and, sometimes, quietly poignant tales. . . . When chatty barflies, clandestine drug buyers, inebriated sports fans, and prostitutes mentally preparing for johns pour out to their cab driver on a nightly basis, the truth is stranger than fiction­."
(TimeOut Chicago 2011-07-26)

“Fact: I first rode in Dmitry’s cab when he was driving in Boston in 1993. He owned the first cellular phone that I ever saw, and he has been broadcasting back from the strange frontier of hack life ever since. He’s a good driver, but more than that, he’s as skilled a navigator of the forgotten American city as you’ll find, and his writing is funny, grim, humane, and welcome.”

(John Hodgman, author of More Information than You Require 2010-02-15)

“Nobody dreams of being a cabdriver but many of us get sidetracked. Dmitry Samarov, an art school grad, is one such lost soul. This book, which combines his passion and his detour, is an evocative and accurate look at the life of a big city hack. Drop a few extra bills over the front seat. Mr. Samarov rates a sizable tip.”
(Jack Clark, author of Nobody's Angel)

Hack is one man’s witness to a contrary, luminous, and difficult city. Samarov’s city is also Algren’s city, Terkel’s city, Royko’s city. . . . Except Dmitry Samarov gets closer, moving while the city sleeps, and having an actual dialogue with its denizens; we take his journey, through the cruelties and comedies. Think of Zola—if he was driving a cab and had Samarov's mordant gallows humor and humanity as his guide. Dmitry Samarov testifies to our messy, contradictory, and vital city.”—Tony Fitzpatrick


(Tony Fitzpatrick)

"[Samarov's] book, organized by the days of the week, is thin and enveloping, full of the kind of insights only a veteran cab driver would have. . . . The book is also so attuned to the nuances of cab life, a thought repeatedly springs to mind as you read it: Your cab driver is aware of you. More than you realize."—Chicago Tribune

(Chicago Tribune)

"Samarov drives late afternoon and into the night, the best time to cull material to create his vibrant, detailed stories that would make Nelson Algren proud. He has that very Chicago knack for succinctly capturing the city’s neighborhoods and the characters that inhabit them."—Chicago Sun-Times
 
(Chicago Sun-Times)

“With Dmitry Samarov’s Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab, the University of Chicago Press has produced a work about the Windy City that could not be grittier or more up-to-the-minute. . . . These vignettes constitute a work of ground-level urban sociology, showing parts of Chicago life that few novelists or academics could access.”
(Barnes and Noble Review)

“Samarov not only writes insightful dialogue and reportage of cabbish interaction among his passengers and with himself, but also, following Tom Wolfe perhaps, has illustrated his short book with dozens of his own sketches that seem a combination of Ben Shahn and Reginald Marsh (especially in Dos Passos’s U.S.A.). They work wonderfully well with his prose.”

(Contemporary Sociology)

"Utterly addictive. . . . Samarov manages to capture the essential oddity of the ephemeral relationship between driver and fare, that fleeting intersection of guide and guided."
(TriQuarterly)

About the Author

Dmitry Samarov earned his BFA in painting and printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993 and began driving a cab that same year. His work has been shown at the Chicago Tourism Center, the Merchandise Mart, the Bowery Gallery, and Brandeis University. Samarov is the creator of the blog Hack, stories from which have been featured in the Chicago Reader and elsewhere.
 

Customer Reviews

What a surprisingly good book this turned out to be.
nvolf
This book, though, is in a different class from any other cabbie book I've read.
Eric Mathiasen
His writing style is straightforward and spiked with keen observations.
Mighty Flynn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mighty Flynn on October 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was a bartender for fifteen years, and some of the smartest, most creative people I know work behind steering wheels and bars. But people who haven't spent time on that side of the service sector probably will be surprised when they read Samarov's debut, Hack: Stories From a Chicago Cab, because this slim volume unfolds with a complexity and humanity not often found in memoirs twice its size.

Organized by days (Monday - Sunday), Hack is illustrated throughout with Samarov's distinctive drawings and paintings. His writing style is straightforward and spiked with keen observations. He describes the people he encounters during a typical week--fares, other cabbies, cops--with empathy, even when their actions or speech make the reader squirm.

Mostly, Samarov drives and listens. His ear for dialogue is as finely tuned as his painter's eye, and the passengers he quotes (and paints) are sometimes funny and sometimes pathetic. They are drunk or high or horny; racist, arrogant, or wise. It's his job to deliver them to point B, and that's what he does, listening to them while the meter runs, choosing his spoken words carefully, if at all.

He also shares the drudgery of the job, the long waits for fares at the airport and for mechanical repairs at the garage. Between bouts with boredom and hectic traffic and obnoxious fares, moments of inspiration and humanity and humor come along in unexpected places at unexpected times. One of the most surprising stories involves a pair of amorous Cubs fans en route from Wrigleyville to their suburban home in Downer's Grove.

Hack helped me gain a new appreciation for cabbies, generally, and Dmitry Samarov, the artist, specifically.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nvolf on October 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a surprisingly good book this turned out to be. I read it one Sunday afternoon and enjoyed so much. The writing it clever and witty and the short episodes the writer describes are so easy to visualize and understand deeply. It has a very authentic feel, a reality to what life is like for all sorts of different people. A few episodes had me laughing hard and long. Some made me think long and hard. I recommend it highly. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Hermanson on November 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Dmitry Samarov's "Hack: Stories from a Chicago Cab," is an excellent series of vignettes of fares he's picked up over the years. A short book, it's suitable to be read all at one sitting or dipped into now and then, and it's filled with the oddball characters we've all seen on the streets and wondered about. Samarov neutrally and perceptively fills us in on where they went next. If I have one complaint about the book it's that almost ALL the stories are about weirdos, and it makes it seem like the back of a cab is a zoo or something. On the other hand, having spent my share of time in the back seat of cabs, I can only hope I'm one of the boring ones that weren't profiled. Lots of Chicago landmarks - Samarov gives a real feel for our streets. Give it to a city-lover as a holiday gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Florence Osmund on October 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As someone who took a cab to work in downtown Chicago Monday through Friday for ten years, I thoroughly enjoyed Samarovʾs candid and sometimes hilarious stories about his experience as a cab driver. Laced with his artwork in every chapter, the author enlightens us as to the inner-workings of the cab industry. "Hack" is an entertaining and insightful read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MOZO on November 30, 2013
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Mesmerizing potent, an open door to a particular view of the city. Honest and well constructed. Glad I got it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By close reader on November 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Page 4 begins, "These are the people who relieve you of your money." WHO are the people? There's nothing before or after this to indicate whom he's talking about. I read bits throughout the book and found them dull. I'm not going to proceed in a book that hasn't even been proofread through page 4. The drawings are ugly.
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