By Rawi Hage
"Funny and sharp . . . playful and erotic."—New York instances booklet Review
In Montreal's stressed immigrant group, our unnamed narrator resides in depression. pressured to go to a therapist after a suicide test, he brings us again to his formative years in a war-torn nation, ahead into his present existence within the smoky émigré cafés the place everybody has a story, and out into the frozen night streets of Montreal, the place he imagines himself to be a cockroach invading the lives of the privileged, yet willfully blind, electorate who encompass him. Cockroach is a carnivalesque, philosophical novel that weaves darkish humor with an accusatory, satirical voice, spawning from the subsurface to problem humanity and its downfall.
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It was clear. I could see some debris in the distance, but I would be well clear of it before it became an issue. I brought her down, but not without complications. I began to apply my brakes to slow my speed down the strip of road. One, two, then four of them shuffled out of the high, grassy median of the highway. Not as many as I would have thought. As I pressed the brakes a little harder, I felt a jolt in the pedals and the aircraft turned sharply to the right. I had lost one of my brakes. I had no choice but to apply opposite rudder to straighten the aircraft out and just ride it out until the aerodynamic drag stopped me.
I took the note and put it in my pocket. Walking up to the aircraft, I could tell John and Will were edgy. I filled the aircraft tanks to the top as I watched them. Will’s skin seemed to be getting lighter in color in anticipation of what I was going to say next. Time to check out the hangar. I don’t know why they were afraid. The hangar doors were wide open and anything that wanted us could just walk out here and try. After all the gunfire, I was nearly certain that there were no more of those things inside this hangar.
At least it would be something. We could communicate with them, get more information, more ideas. 08 Jun 0226 I am leaving this morning. John and the others are staying behind in the event I bring someone back. I don’t want to terribly overstress the aircraft. I hope they have stayed near the airfield at Lake Charles. As I sit here and stare at the yellow piece of paper that is almost a month old, I wonder if they still live or if they were taken under siege as John and I that day at the tower.
Cockroach: A Novel by Rawi Hage