De Niro's Game Paperback – Jun 15 2008
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...provides an essential historical context to current political turmoil in Lebanon... (Fast Forward Weekly 2007-04-01)
[A] masterpiece...writing cannot really get much better than Hage's. (Literary Review of Canada 2007-04-01)
...De Niro's Game discloses much to a Canadian audience largely sheltered from the physical and emotional effects of war...Bassam's voice, though emotionally restrained, tells a story that is not only vivid, but also illuminating. (Matrix Magazine 2007-04-01)
...provides an essential historical context to current political turmoil in Lebanon... (The Dominion 2007-04-01)
...the incredibly affecting tale of a young man's fight to remain sovereign, intellectually and politically... (The Hour 2006-11-09)
De Niro's Game is a feverish nightmare of a book, written with a distinctly European flair...it stubbornly refuses to offer the reader any easy comfort...[readers] will be seduced by the undoubted visceral power of this suddenly current narrative. (Toronto Star 2007-04-01)
East meets West in this stunning first novel yielding a totally fresh perspective on war-torn Beirut...Both terse and lyrical, Hage's narrative is a wonder, alternately referencing modern American action heroes and ancient Arabic imagery. The blend of the two is as startling as it is beautiful. (Booklist 2007-04-01)
Hage's energetic prose matches the brutality depicted in the novel without overstating the narrative's tragic arc-an impressive first outing for Hage. (Publishers Weekly 2007-04-16)
The excitement of Hage's action-packed plot is supplemented by his visually and viscerally descriptive language... (January Magazine 2007-05-01)
The novel is full of poetic descriptions of the surreal and horrific nature of war delivered through Bassam's stream of consciousness narrative. There are lines that you are compelled to read again and again due to their raw beauty and their insight into how war irreparably shapes human psyches. (Fast Forward Weekly 2006-12-07)
A magnificent achievement...the work of a major literary talent. (Dublin IMPAC Literary Award Jury 2007-06-01)
About the Author
Rawi Hage was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and lived through nine years of the Lebanese civil war. His debut novel, De Niro's Game, won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was a finalist for numerous prestigious national and international awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award, and has been translated into several languages and published around the world. His second novel, Cockroach, won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Rawi Hage lives in Montreal.
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In painting the picture of life for young men living for today amidst a conflict that is as much tradition as the tenets of the religions they follow, Hage brings a world to life that CNN can't tap with its two minute evening news insight.
The final part of the story loses steam as the location changes to somewhere (not to give anything away) it seems Hage is less familiar. Suddenly the same voracity of streaming description that brings Beirut to life is somewhat stifled. Even the actions of the protagonist appear to lose relevance, and certainly consistency.
Yet the writing style still clips along at a thoroughly entertaining pace, and ultimately delivers a story that I figure most readers would never believe that they would enjoy.