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De Niro’s Game 

Rawi Hage


De Niro’s Game
Rawi Hage
Anansi
Before the Giller Prize announcement, a lot of hullabaloo was made out of the fact that this shortlisted book and the prizewinner, Vincent Lam’s Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, were riddled with copyediting errors. Usually that’s enough for me to put a book down, but De Niro’s Game was such a compelling read, my red pen didn’t even twitch once. It comes as no surprise that Hage is a trained visual artist—while reading this story about two childhood friends living in Beirut during Lebanon’s civil war, I was already imagining the cinematic version. If you want to understand the interplay between personal choice and extraordinary circumstances, pick this book up.
Sue Carter Flinn
type: book
category: best of 2006

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