Dear friends, we'll be discussing Cockroach by Rawi Hage at our book club meeting on Wednesday, June 10 at our centretown location (251 Bank St. 2nd Floor).
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us!
Urgent and unsettling, Cockroach takes place during one month of a bitterly cold winter in Montreal's 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. The story leads us back to the narrator's violent childhood in a war-torn country, forward into his current urban life, and out into the frozen night-time streets of Montreal, where the thief survives on the edge.
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 Paragraph Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, presented by the Quebec Writers' Federation. Cockroach is published by House of Anansi Press.
Rawi Hage on being a cockroach and a contemporary writer on CBC's The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers: http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/2014/02/the-tnc-interview-rawi-hage.html