Bassam and George are childhood best friends who have grown up on the Christian side of war-torn Beirut.
Now on the verge of adulthood, 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.
Their two paths inevitably collide, with explosive consequences. De Niro's Game is a devastating, timely portrait of two young men and an entire city formed and deformed by war.
©2006 Rawi Hage; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd