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. Rescued against
his will, the narrator is obliged to attend sessions with a
well-intentioned but naive 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 emigre
cafes 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 wilfully blind, citizens who surround him.
In 2008, Cockroach was a finalist for the Scotiabank
Giller Prize, the Governor General''s Literary Award, and the
Rogers Writers'' Trust Fiction Prize. It won the Paragraphe Hugh
MacLennan Prize for Fiction, presented by the Quebec Writers''