De Niro's Game

De Niro's Game

by Rawi Hage
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De Niro's Game by Rawi Hage

Childhood best friends Bassam and George have grown to be men in war-ravaged Beirut. Now they must choose between the only two futures available to them: to stay in the devastated city and consolidate power through crime or to go into exile abroad, alienated from the only existence they have ever known.

Told in a distinctive, captivating voice that fuses vivid cinematic imagery, a page-turning plot, and exquisite, dark poetry, De Niro's Game is an explosive portrait of life in a war zone and a powerful meditation on what comes after. It won the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2008.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061470578
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/05/2008
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 523,504
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rawi Hage was born in Beirut and lived through nine years of the Lebanese civil war. He is a writer, a visual artist, and a curator, and he resides in Montreal. First published in Canada, De Niro's Game was a finalist for that nation's top literary prizes—the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Writers' Trust Award, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize—and won the McAuslan First Book Prize and the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction.

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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol I fell asleep again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel helped me understand the tangled web that is the Lebanese civil war. Not for the faint of heart, De Niro's game is by turns intense, shocking, lyrical, darkly humorous and steadfastly truthful. It puts names and faces on featureless people in the news, struggling in the grip of a dehumanizing war. And it removes to a degree the desensitization that happens to all of us from the constant bombardment of war news from that region. Like the protagonist the reader will find himself raw and bloodied at the end, but with a deeper understanding of the inner workings of our savage world.