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Author: Rawi Hage
ISBN: 0141040815
Language: English
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton (2010)
Rating: 4.3
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Rawi Hage (Rāwī Ḥāj) (راوي الحاج) (born 1964) is a Lebanese-Canadian writer and photographer based in Canada.

Rawi Hage (Rāwī Ḥāj) (راوي الحاج) (born 1964) is a Lebanese-Canadian writer and photographer based in Canada. Hage has published journalism and fiction in several Canadian and American magazines, and in the PEN America Journal. His debut novel, De Niro's Game (2006), won the 2008 International Dublin Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2006 Governor General's Award for English fiction.

Cockroach is a dark comedy book by Canadian author Rawi Hage. It was released in 2008, published by Anansi. It is a teen/adult book for advanced literature. A man, who is an immigrant from the Middle East, moves to the slums of Montreal, where he learns that he is stuck in poverty. When he tries to take his own life, a "man in a speedo" saves him. He is then sentenced to therapy, where he explains his horrid childhood and how he believes that he is a cockroach.

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Rawi Hage’s second novel Cockroach takes place during a frigid Montreal winter and details the picaresque .

Rawi Hage’s second novel Cockroach takes place during a frigid Montreal winter and details the picaresque adventures of an unnamed protagonist, a recent immigrant from the Middle East and self-professed thief who often envisions himself as a giant cockroach. It is not a nice book to read, you won't come away feeling good about the world or Coackroach by Rawi Hage is hot fury and loathing and pride and bristling lust and disgust - and bloody brilliant. I read his De Niro's Game previously, and loved it, but Cockroach is a whole other level of brilliant. I'd place this novel alongside works by Kafka and Dostoevsky and other such greats.

Cockroach is as urgent, unsettling, and brilliant as Rawi Hage's bestselling and critically acclaimed first book, De Niro's Game

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.

Cockroach What we call species are various degenerations of the same type.

Cockroach What we call species are various degenerations of the same type even Karshvares of the earth, and when he has arrived down there, he stands, beautiful, spreading ease and joy on the fertile countries. MoreLess Show More Show Less.

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De Niro's Game, the riveting Impac-winning debut novel by the Lebanese-born writer Rawi Hage, ended with its young hero, recently escaped from wartorn Beirut, wandering around Paris in a delirium of memories from his blood-spattered past and feverish stratagems to consolidate his precarious present. Cockroach, Hage's more capacious, ambitious second novel, takes exile as its point of departure, and reads almost as a sequel to the first.

With a surprising degree of humor, Hage's second novel (after IMPAC Dublin-winner DeNiro's Game) explores the.

With a surprising degree of humor, Hage's second novel (after IMPAC Dublin-winner DeNiro's Game) explores the peculiar politics of Montreal's immigrant communities through the bleak obsessions of a misanthropic thief.

Comments (7)
MilsoN
Oh my! What a novel! What a narrator! I quite simply put off letting this novel end because I just knew whatever came next for me to read would be less than this wonderful. Oh, yes, and when you get to it, what an ending it is!
The novel is set in cold, cold Montreal where "menacing armies of heavy boots" encase people's feet. Wouldn't a cockroach see our feet that way even though the narrator isn't really a cockroach? But he most certainly is a human one!
The narrator is totally outside life in Montreal, a voyeur, and definitely a psychopathic one. (I think the two people who wrote the two-star reviews didn't realize that this narrator is indeed psychopathic. Big time!)
Born in Lebanon, he migrated to Montreal and for reasons we don't know for most of the novel, he has been released--unfortunately for many of his victims--from some type of institution. The release has been contingent upon his seeing a therapist named Genevieve.
In one scene he writes, "I like to pass by fancy stores and restaurants and watch the people behind thick glass, taking themselves seriously, driving forks into their mouths... I also like to watch the young waitresses in their short black dresses... Although I no longer stand and stare." And then he proceeds to tell what happened the prior summer when he did that, an episode that led to police being called in, and our cockroach narrator informs them that he was only looking at his own reflection in the glass. And then it seems he watched as the couple he was staring at left, the man opening from a distance with his remote the door to the BMW. And, yes, our narrator manages to get into the car without being seen, manages then to get into their house from the parked car in the garage, manages to see some elements of their getting ready for bed--his focus upon the woman--and then admits this: "At the couple's home I stole his gold ring, his cigarettes, a Roman vase, his tie..."
As he says about himself when he steals or plans his advances on women, "I was the insect beneath them."
I am so much in agreement with the reviewer who wrote this: "You can pick practically any paragraph on any page and be awed by the magic of his bleak words as he, piling metaphor upon metaphor, captures the bitter cold of a Montreal winter and a world of darkness.
This is one of the most amazing novels I have read in recent years. And I read as many as two novels a week.
Togar
His images pop with magic. He captures the experience of immigrants and refugees - raw, real transformations. The writer's ability to capture complexity and distill it into a potent story is inspiring.
Loni
We needed this for our English course. Thank you.
LONUDOG
One of the best books ı have recently read. Thank you Rawi Hage. İt is a psychological journey of an immigrant which no doubt many similar lives must have experienced.
Waiso
I found the story a bit difficult to follow and the ending very abrupt
I doubt I would read any other works from this author, the style of writing does not suit my taste
Nightscar
Not really a recommended read. The main character thinks he's at least part cockroach. Not a very interesting one at that.
porosh
Rawi Hage's second novel "Cockroach" is an absorbing story, told through the eyes of Lebanese immigrant living in Montreal. The unnamed narrator (fittingly unnamed as one would not name a cockroach) is the anti-hero of this tale of survival without hope, which takes place during a extremely harsh winter in Montreal, a city known more for beauty than the lowlife activity which occurs in this story. The narrator associates himself with cockroaches, an association that started with an innocent early childhood memory of playing with his sister, but that self-image evolves from that point to fit his current life and environment. There appears to be no escape from this frozen prison, as even his attempt at suicide fails to release him from his circumstances, though he doesn't appear to even consider escape as a goal.

Like a roach, the narrator scavenges for food, can find his way into anyplace (which makes him successful in stealing), and is looked down upon with disgust by most of the other characters in the book. Those feelings are returned by him to almost all the other characters, with the exception of Shohreh, an Iranian immigrant whom he his in love with. Other than her, he uses and abuses others for his own purposes. He has no use for the other emigrants, especially those who try to elevate themselves, nor does he have any liking for those Canadians who like to pretend to appreciate the culture that the immigrants have brought with them, but who distance themselves when they find some other area of interest.

The story is told through the eyes and the stories of the narrator, often going back to talk about his past in Lebanon. He shares with Shohreh horror stories from their lives in their home countries, and they both have to deal with horrible people from their past who have come over to Canada and still lead lives of privilege, looking down on the lower members of where they have come from. It is this shared circumstance, and his love for Shohreh that leads to his only act which is not just in his self-interest.

This is not a book which ordinarily would catch my interest, but I am glad I read it. It is dark and course, and probably not everyone's ideal read, but I found it difficult to put down and the characters to be interesting, even if it is difficult to like them. I would definitely recommend this, and would like to read Hage's first book.
Ambitious and somewhat rewarding, Cockroach is entertaining. Rawi Hage knows the difference between character development and a blank wall. What's the difference between fascinating character development and creative plotting? Nothing. They are synonymous, and as a successful author myself, I know about character development and creative plotting ingredients that contribute to a successful novel. Cockroach fascinated me with its presentation of a desperate foreigner's visions while living in a rich foreign land, his presentation about greedy, self-serving individuals where civility is cut in pieces, where human ethics is shredded and where cultural differences aren't really different at all when humanity is concerned. The novel really is "...an uncompromising vision of humanity."