Samantha Bee defends Cockroach by Rawi Hage


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Samantha Bee is an award-winning comic, actor and writer. She has been a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart since 2003.

Rawi Hage was born in Beirut and has lived in Montreal since the early 1990s. He is the author of three acclaimed novels, and is currently the writer-in-residence at the Vancouver Public Library.


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.


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