De Niro's Game

De Niro's Game

by Rawi Hage
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De Niro's Game by Rawi Hage


De Niro’s Game plunges readers into the timely story of two young men caught in Lebanon’s civil war. Bassam and George, best friends in childhood, have grown to adulthood in war-torn Beirut. Now they must choose their futures: to stay in the city and consolidate power through crime, or to go into exile abroad, alienated from the only existence they have known. Told in a distinctive, captivating voice that fuses vivid cinematic imagery and page-turning plot with the measured strength and beauty of Arabic poetry, De Niro’s Game is an explosive portrait of life in a war zone, and a powerful meditation on what comes after.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781586421595
Publisher: Steerforth Press
Publication date: 07/08/2008
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 380
File size: 440 KB

About the Author

Rawi Hage was born in Beirut and lived through nine years of the Lebanese civil war. In 1992 he moved to New York City, working there for several months before emigrating to Canada, where he has lived ever since. He is a writer, a visual artist, and a curator. His writings have appeared in Fuse, Mizna, Jouvert, The Toronto Review, Montreal Serai, and Al-Jadid. His visual works have been shown in galleries and museums around the world. He resides in Montreal.

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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.