Authors | Rawi Hage

Rawi Hage Canada    PWF 2020

R.Hage

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“Existence was his exile and nothingness was his home.”

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One of the great magicians of literature, Rawi Hage was born in 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. After living through nine years of the Lebanese civil war, he left for New York and then settled in Montreal in 1992. “Compelling, intriguing, deceptive” Rawi Hage captures the madness of being.

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“What is legal, my man. What is? Is history legal, was Vietnam legal. What the fuck is legal in this universe? Stars eat each other, wolves eat the pigs, and Grandma fucks over Little Red Riding Hood.”

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Immune to war, death, mortality, and sanity, Rawi Hage plays blindfolded with the gods, carrying the luminosity of Arab poetry with the daring of an ancient sorcerer, camouflaged as an investigative reporter.

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“The world always defeats us. All we can do is mimic it, not undermine it. Or maybe we can refuse it, and convince ourselves that we are constructing or imagining an alternative.” 

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Rawi Hage’s novels include: De Niro’s Game, which won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for the best English-language book published anywhere in the world; Cockroach, Carnival; and Beirut Hellfire Society.




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