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Winner of the 2008 International IMPAC Literary Award --***Synopsis:
"Ten thousand bombs had landed, and I was waiting for George. Ten thousand bombs had landed on Beirut , that crowded city, and I was lying on a blue sofa covered with white sheets to protect it from dust and dirty feet. It is time to leave, I was thinking to myself...I climbed onto George's motorbike and sat behind him, and we drove down the main streets where bombs fell, where Saudi diplomats had once picked up French prostitutes, where ancient Greeks had danced, Romans had invaded, Persians had sharpened their swords, Mamluks had stolen the villagers' food, crusaders had eaten human flesh, and Turks had enslaved my grandmother. War is for thugs. Motorcycles are also for thugs, and for longhaired teenagers like us, with guns under our bellies, and stolen gas in our tanks, and no particular place to go.Bassam and George are childhood best friends who have grown up on the Christian side of war-torn Beirut. Now 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 and unforeseen 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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Book Description Old Street Publishing, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1905847386