De Nior's Game

Syrine Hout

in Post-War Anglophone Lebanese Fiction

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780748643424
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676569 | DOI:
De Nior's Game

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This chapter discusses Rawi Hage's De Niro's Game (2006) as a confessional first-person narrative, similar in this respect to Hanania's Unreal City, Alameddine's I, the Divine, and Ward's The Bullet Collection, and which shares a depiction of militarisation and political fanaticism with Unreal City, Abi-Ezzi's A Girl Made of Dust, and Alameddine' The Hakawati. The loss of innocence here is correlated with the loss of life for one combatant and the feeling of homelessness or internal exile for another, whether during battles in Beirut or in Paris to start a new life. Home is only portable in the sense of one's remaining haunted by traumatising experiences, and the promissory elsewhere as a new utopian home, metaphorised by the city of Rome, remains out of reach.

Keywords: Rawi Hage; De Niro's Game; militarisation; political fanaticism; exile; trauma; utopian home

Chapter.  11338 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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