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Cockroach is a dark comedy book by Canadian author Rawi Hage. It was released in 2008, published by W.W. Norton & Company. It is a teen/adult book for advanced literature.

AuthorRawi Hage
CoverĀ artistLaura Brady
GenreDark, Comedy
PublisherW.W. Norton & Company Inc.
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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. He is also in love with a girl, Shohreh, and is friends/enemies with a man named Reza. He gets a job at a restaurant, and can't help but stare at his boss' daughter. He also steals from every rich man and poor woman. Throughout the book the man starts to slowly change, for better and worse.


The novel was selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of CBC Radio's Canada Reads, where it was defended by Samantha Bee.