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Cockroach (2008) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

One of the most highly anticipated novels of the year, Cockroach is as urgent, unsettling, and brilliant as Rawi Hage's bestselling and critically acclaimed first book, De Niro's Game. The novel takes place during one month of a bitterly cold winter in Montreal's restless immigrant community, where a self-described "thief" has just tried but failed to commit suicide by hanging himself from a tree in a local park. Rescued against his will, the narrator is obliged to attend sessions with a well-intentioned but naïve therapist. This sets the story in motion, leading us back to the narrator's violent childhood in a war-torn country, forward into his current life in the smoky émigré cafés where everyone has a tale, and out into the frozen night-time streets of Montreal, where the thief survives on the edge, imagining himself to be a cockroach invading the lives of the privileged, but willfully blind, citizens who surround him.

Like De Niro's Game, Cockroach combines an uncompromising vision of humanity with razor-sharp portraits of society's outsiders, and a startling, poetic sensibility with bracing jolts of dark humour.

Original title: Cockroach
Original languages: English

Quotes:

Genre: FictionGeneral FictionEthnic And MulticulturalImmigrant
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics
FictionGeneral FictionUrban / Big City Life

Notes:

  • Awarded the 2008 Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
  • Shortlisted for the 2008 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
  • Shortlisted for the 2008 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Edition #1: Cockroach

Cockroach (2008)
Edition Details:

Language: English

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Cockroach (August 2008)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
ISBN: 9780887842092
Pages: 312

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