|Cockroach (2008) [Novel]|
by Rawi Hage
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(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
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ethnic And Multicultural→ Immigrant
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Urban / Big City Life
- 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