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De Niro's Game - Rawi Hage

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"De Niro's Game chronicles the madness of the Beirut civil war with dark humour and beautifully manicured urgency... Creates images that explode in the reader's imagination like ten thousand bombs" (Atom Egoyan)

Bassam and George are childhood best friends who have grown to adulthood in war-torn Beirut, Lebanon. Now they must choose their futures: to stay in the city and amass power by joining the corrupt militia; or to become exiles abroad, alienated from the only existence they have ever known. Bassam chooses one path: obsessed with leaving Beirut, he embarks on a series of petty crimes to finance his departure. Meanwhile, George builds his status in the militia-ruled underworld of the city, and embraces a life of killing, crime for profit, and drugs. Eventually and inevitably, the fates of the two friends collide.

Told in the voice of Bassam, De Niro's Game is a beautiful, explosive portrait of contemporary young men shaped by a lifelong experience of war. Rawi Hage brilliantly fuses vivid, jump-cut cinematic action with the measured strength and beauty of Arabic poetry. His style mimics a world gone mad: so smooth and apparently sane that its sudden, razor-sharp dips into chaos and violence surprise and cut deeply.

Here is an astonishing, brilliantly paced look at life and death in a war zone, and what comes after.

About the Author

Rawi Hage was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and lived through nine years of the Lebanese civil war. He immigrated to Canada in 1992. He is a writer, a visual artist, and a curator. His writing has appeared in Fuse, Mizna, Jouvert, The Toronto Review, Montreal Serai and Al-Jadid. His visual work has been shown in galleries and museums around the world. He lives in Montreal, Canada.



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    This book took me back to Beirut in 1980. I was there for a short time during the trouble and the book evoked memories that have been buried for three decades. I particularly enjoyed the read given my history and familiarity with the language due to the authors use of Arabic and French throughout the book.

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    ISBN: 9780330422864
    ISBN-10: 0330422863
    Audience: Professional
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 269
    Published: 1st February 2007
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0  x 1.8
    Weight (kg): 0.232
    Edition Number: 1