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From the Publisher
"There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is
In Rawi Hage's astonishing and unforgettable novel, this famous
quote by Camus becomes a touchstone for two young men caught in
Lebanon's civil war. Bassam and George are childhood best friends
who have grown to adulthood in wartorn 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. Bassam chooses one path: Obsessed with
leaving Beirut, he embarks on a series of petty crimes to finance
his departure. Meanwhile, George builds his power in the underworld
of the city and embraces a life of military service, crime for
profit, killing, and drugs.
Told in the voice of Bassam, De Niro's Game is a
beautiful, explosive portrait of a contemporary young man shaped by
a lifelong experience of war.
Rawi Hage brilliantly fuses vivid, jump-cut cinematic imagery with
the measured strength and beauty of Arabic poetry. His style mimics
a world gone mad: so smooth and apparently sane that its
razor-sharp edges surprise and cut deeply. A powerful meditation on
life and death in a war zone, and what comes after.
Scotiabank Giller Prize
Governor General's Award: Fiction
Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
McAuslan First Book Prize
Rogers Writer's Trust Fiction Prize
Commonwealth Writer's Prize (Canada and the Caribbean):
Best First Book
Prix des libraires du Québec
IMPAC Dublin Literary Award