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De Niro’s Game

De Niro’s Game

Author(s): Rawi Hage

Location(s): Beirut, Paris

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1980s



Bassam and George are childhood best friends who have grown up on the Christian side of war-torn Beirut. Now on the verge of adulthood, they must choose their futures: to remain in the exhausted, corrupt city of their birth, or to go into exile abroad, cut off from the only existence they have known. Bassam chooses one path – obsessed with leaving Beirut, he embarks on a series of petty crimes to fund his escape to the West. Meanwhile, George amasses power in the underworld of the city, embracing a life of military service, organised crime, killing, and drugs. But their two paths inevitably collide, with explosive consequences. De Niro’s Game is a devastating, timely portrait of two young men and an entire city formed and deformed by war.

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Chillingly conjured up this war torn city!The Literary Review says that “writing can’t get much better…” – Belle Beche –

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