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Celebrating Anansi's 50th Anniversary: A List Series

De Niro's Game
3rd edition
By (author): Rawi Hage Introduction by: Colm Toibin
Rawi Hage ,

Introduction by :

Colm Toibin


A List - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Oct 13, 2012
$14.95 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 x 0.65 in | 0.74 lb

Page Count:

288 pages
House of Anansi Press Inc
A List
FICTION / Literary
IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2008, Winner QWF McAuslan First Book Prize 2006, Winner QWF Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction 2006, Winner Governor General's Literary Awards: Fiction 2006, Short-listed Scotiabank Giller Prize 2006, Short-listed Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize 2007, Short-listed
  • Short Description
A-List edition of Rawi Hage's classic novel De Niro's Game, with a new introduction by Colm Toibin.

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. In Rawi Hage's unforgettable novel, winner of the 2008 IMPAC Prize, 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 war torn 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's brilliant 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.

Rawi Hage is a writer, a visual artist, and curator. His debut novel, De Niro’s Game, won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and was translated into several languages. Cockroach, his second novel, was a finalist for many prestigious awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize. He lives in Montreal.

COLM TOIBIN is an award-winning novelist, short story writer and essayist. He is currently Mellon Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York.

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