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That book enters the war in the early '80s as best friends, teenagers George and Bassam, confront the choices then available to men their age: join the fighting or go into exile.Dogs are portrayed as more loyal and honest than humans, and Pavlov treats them as such.Pavlov and Rex occasionally converse, with Rex arguing the superiority of man over beast on the basis of one matter: suicide.Things happen, people die, other things happen, other people and dogs die, the war rages, people arrive and leave, there is more death.Hage brings us a world that is simultaneously grotesque and amusing, real and magical, and describes it so readers can both see and hear it."Beirut Hellfire Society" mourns with abandon.Rawi Hage's "Beirut Hellfire Society" is available now at all good bookstores.
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