Parfum de Poussiere by Rawi Hage , Translated by Sophie Voillot
Finalist for QWF Translation Prize in 2008
Parfum de Poussière is the French translation of De Niro’s Game, the story of Bassam and George, childhood best friends who have grown to adulthood in war-torn Beirut. Now they must choose their futures: to stay in the city and consolidate power through crime; or to go into exile abroad, alienated from the only existence they have known. Bassam chooses one path: obsessed with leaving Beirut, he embarks on a series of petty crimes to finance his departure. Meanwhile, George builds his power in the underworld of the city and embraces a life of military service, crime for profit, killing, and drugs. Told in the voice of Bassam, this novel is an explosive portrait of a contemporary young man shaped by a lifelong experience of war.
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