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Boris Fishman: Rawi Hage’s novels, 24 September 2009

by Rawi Hage.
Hamish Hamilton, 305 pp., £14.99, June 2009, 978 0 241 14444 2
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... slums, unheated apartments, single mothers on welfare, worn-out clothing’. That, at least, is Rawi Hage’s idea in Cockroach, his second novel; his first, De Niro’s Game, concerned a young anti-hero’s efforts to escape Lebanon’s civil war. Immigrant literature is hardly a niche industry in the United States and Canada (...


Michael Wood: Chinese Whispers, 8 August 2013

edited by Adam Thirlwell.
Portobello, 380 pp., £20, August 2013, 978 1 84627 537 1
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... is Youssef Habchi El-Achkar, a Lebanese writer deftly evoked for us in a note by the translator Rawi Hage. The story is set in 1975, in the early days of the civil war. The very desultoriness of the writer-narrator’s notes is part of the atmosphere: visibly failing to know what to think, how to think at all, defines the historical situation. In ...

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