Действието се развива сред неспокойната имингрантска общност на Монреал по време на убийствено студената канадска зима. Главният герой, който сам описва себе си като „крадец“, току-що е извършил неуспешен опит за самоубийство. Спасен против волята си, той...more
A spoilerish P.S. Still, I'd take away half...more
The Canadian author arose seemingly from out of nowhere in 2006 when his debut novel De Niro’s Game was rescued from the obscurity of the slush pile at House of Anansi Press....more
I hate it. It's about all of the clichés that frame immigrants : messed up, psychotic, sex-addicts, egocentric, psychopaths, thiefs, hallucinating drunkies, drug addicts, filthy, leeches,...
I happen to know many Lebanese who are immigrants in Canada, they have worked hard, they're serious people, they fled the war but they weren't psychotics who got turned on by their own sisters. And they're not a threat, or terrorists-in-the-make. what the hell is this au...more
The author writes the reader into an experience of desolation, exile and lunacy with an accurate craft. This is not a book to 'like' but one to respect. The central character of the book is one most people would shy away from.
Rawi Hage plays this character out in such a way that the reader sees the raw human needs common to all people.
The writing style is sharply intelligent, often...more
One of the most common fact...more
We had a good turnout there, more than expected, the weather being cold and wet.
Feelings on the book were mixed, not so much around the table, but within ourselves as individual members. We all agreed on it being a good book, in that the author's characters, including the protag were exasperating people.
Protag . . . and nobody can figure out what his name is - feels sorry for himself due to his 'p...more
To be “part human, part cockroach” seems like a disturbingly profound and wild idea, but in Rawi Hage’s novel, Cockroach , that identity is illuminated within a troubled unnamed character that struggles between his own dark past and the unwelcoming society of poorer Montreal. Without having read Hage’s first novel, DeNiro’s Game , I found this novel to be surprisingly philosophical and insightful about today’s society. For instance, the protagonist made a statement that is still stuck at the bac...more
Cockroach is just that, one hell of an extraordinary and entertaining cockroach of a novel....more
There is also a trend in writing, which I recently tried to address in a blog article, and I call it "let-it-all-hang-out writing," which Hage seems...more
De Niro's Game was a two-part novel in three parts: Hage seemed not to notice that he had already reached a plausible conclusion, and tacked on a contrived plot to bring things to a close. And it felt contrived, improbable, implausible, as we went from being just some k...more
And I'm glad I did. With his second novel, Hage chooses to address the issue of "forgotten exiles" from war-torn countries through a main character w...more
I really enjoyed it.
So why did I care?
Because there is some damaged core to...more
Born in Beirut, Hage grew up in Lebanon and Cyprus. He moved to New York City in 1982, and after studying at the New York Institute of Photography, relocated to Montreal in 1991, where he studied arts at Dawson College and Concordia University. He subsequently began exhibiting as a photographer, and has had works acquired by the Canadian Mus...more