De Niro's Game

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De Niro's Game
Author Rawi Hage
Country Canada/Lebanon
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Old Street
Publication date
1 May 2006
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 288 pp
ISBN 978-1-58195-223-0
Followed by Cockroach

De Niro's Game is the debut novel by Lebanese-Canadian writer Rawi Hage, originally published in 2006.

The novel's primary characters are Bassam and George, lifelong friends living in wartorn Beirut. The novel traces the different paths that the two follow as they face the difficult choice of whether to stay in Beirut and get involved in organized crime, or to leave Lebanon and build a new life in another country. Ultimately, Bassam leaves Beirut behind, and George in the process, who kills himself.

Awards[edit]

The novel won the 2008 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award[1] and was shortlisted for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2006 Governor General's Award for English fiction. Hage was also awarded two Quebec awards, the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction and the McAuslan First Book Prize at the Quebec Writers' Federation literary awards.[2]

The novel's French language translation, Parfum de poussière, was translated by Sophie Voillot and won the 2009 edition of Le Combat des livres.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wagner, Vit (2008-06-12). "Montreal writer wins big Irish prize". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Montreal's Hage wins 2 Quebec literary awards". CBCnews.ca. CBC. 2006-11-23. Retrieved 2009-09-02.