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De Niro's Game

by Rawi Hage
£7.99   paperback  Old Street Publishing (2008)

De Niro With his brilliant first novel, Rawi Hage plunges us into his breathtaking, timely, moving and genre-defying novel about two young men trying to survive war in Beirut, Lebanon, during the civil war of 1984.
Childhood best friends, Lebanese Christian boys Bassam and George are faced with two choices for survival: to leave their home and take a chance in a foreign city, or join the corrupt militia and gain a foothold in Beirut. Bassam becomes obsessed with leaving Beirut, and commits a series of petty crimes to fund his flight. George amasses power in the militia-ruled underworld, and lives a life of violence and crime for profit. Inevitably, their separate paths collide, explosively and tragically.
De Niro’s Game illuminates civil-war era Lebanon, and in doing so sheds some light on an Arab world that is often misunderstood here in the West. Through flesh-and-blood characters, a gut-wrenching plot, and incandescent language Hage manages to get at the truth through his extraordinary work of fiction, which has the power to transcend the media images of the Middle East.

ISBN 13: 9781905847389 | ISBN 10: 1905847386

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