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De Niro's Game

by Rawi Hage

De Niro's Game
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2007, 256 pages
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    Aug 2008, 304 pages

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An explosive portrait of life in a war zone, and a powerful meditation on what comes after

Plucked from the slush pile of unsolicited manuscripts by Canadian publisher House of Anansi Press, and published in the US by Steerforth Press, De Niro's Game was a finalist for the 2006 Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award for Fiction, and the winner of the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and McAusland First Book Prize.

Ten thousand bombs had landed on Beirut, that crowded city, and I was lying on a blue sofa covered with white sheets to protect it from dust and dirty feet.

De Niro's Game started as a short story based on an incident Hage remembers as a child growing up in Beirut, when he witnessed other children playing Russian roulette with real guns after watching The Deer Hunter. His short story grew into a compact novel, the sort of length that many of us could happily ...

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Rawi Hage was born in Beirut and lived through nine years of the Lebanese civil war in the Achrafieh district of Christian East Beirut, the setting for De Niro's Game before emigrating to New York where he lived for several years. In 1992 he moved to Canada, where he has lived ever since. He is a writer, visual artist, cab driver and 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 lives in Montreal. He wrote De Niro's Game in English, his third language, after Arabic and French.

"I grew up with Beirut divided. Through this novel I presented a secular element amidst all the sectarian chaos, as I think that Lebanon has maintained an understated, ...

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