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  • 21 of 22 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Prince Rupert Library Hage (Text) 33294001622125 Adult Fiction - Second Floor Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0887842097
  • ISBN: 9780887842092 :
  • ISBN: 9780887848346
  • Physical Description: 305 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Publisher: Toronto : Anansi, 2008.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Some copies: 2009.
Summary, etc.:
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 by hanging himself from a tree in a local park. Rescued against his will, the narrator is obliged to attend sessions with a well-intentioned but naïve 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 émigré cafés 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 willfully blind, citizens who surround him. Like De Niro's Game, Cockroach combines an uncompromising vision of humanity with razor-sharp portraits of society's outsiders, and a startling, poetic sensibility with bracing jolts of dark humour.
Subject: Therapist and patient > Fiction.
Immigrants > Canada > Fiction.
Montréal (Québec) > Fiction.
Genre/Form: Canadian fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Psychological fiction.

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