Madeleine Thien wurde 1974 in Vancouver, British Columbia, geboren. Ihre Eltern stammen aus Malaysia und China und emigrierten in den 1960ern nach Kanada. Als Kind begann Thien mit Ballett, Stepptanz und Akrobatik, später studierte sie Tanz, wechselte dann 1994 über zu Literatur. Ihr erstes Buch »Einfache Rezepte«, eine Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten, wurde mit vier kanadischen Literaturpreisen ausgezeichnet, und ihr Debütroman »Jene Sehnsucht nach Gewissheit« wurde in sechzehn Sprachen übersetzt. Für ihren Roman »Flüchtige Seelen« wurde Thien 2015 mit dem LiBeraturpreis von Litprom ausgezeichnet. Ihr neuer Roman kam 2016 auf die Shortlist des Man Booker Prize und wurde ausgezeichnet mit dem Governor General's Literary Award und dem Scotiabank Giller Prize, den höchsten Literaturpreisen Kanadas. Madeleine Thien lebt in Montreal.
Set in Cambodia during the regime of the-Khmer Rouge and in present day Montreal, Dogs at the Perimeter tells the story of Janie, who as a child experiences the terrible violence carried out by the Khmer Rouge and loses everything she holds dear. Three decades later, Janie has relocated to Montreal, although the scars of her past remain visible. After abandoning her husband and son and taking refuge in the home of her friend, the scientist Hiroji Matsui, Janie and Hiroji find solace in their shared grief and pain—until Hiroji’s disappearance opens old wounds and Janie finds that she must struggle to find grace in a world overshadowed by the sorrows of her past.
Beautifully realized, deeply affecting, Dogs at the Perimeter evokes the injustice of tyranny through the eyes of a young girl and draws a remarkable map of the mind’s battle with memory, loss, and the horrors of war. It confirms Madeleine Thien as one of the most gifted and powerful novelists writing today.
Finalist for the International Literature Prize and the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
A Canada Reads Top Forty Book
A Globe and Mail Best Book
“In a single year, my father left us twice. The first time, to end his marriage, and the second, when he took his own life. I was ten years old.”
Master storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations—those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. Her quest will unveil how Kai, her enigmatic father, a talented pianist, and Ai-Ming’s father, the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow, along with the violin prodigy Zhuli were forced to reimagine their artistic and private selves during China’s political campaigns and how their fates reverberate through the years with lasting consequences.
With maturity and sophistication, humor and beauty, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of life inside China yet transcendent in its universality.
Margaret Atwood, Gary Barwin, Dionne Brand, Fanny Britt, Douglas Coupland, France Daigle, Alain Farah, Naomi Fontaine, Dominique Fortier, Krista Foss, Kim Fu, Rawi Hage, Anosh Irani, Falen Johnson, Benoit Jutras, Alex Leslie, Alexander MacLeod, Daphne Marlatt, Lisa Moore, Nadim Roberts, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Chlo Savoie-Bernard, Anakana Schofield, Paul Seesequasis, Johanna Skibsrud, Karen Solie, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Larry Tremblay.
Guest-edited by Catherine Leroux and Madeleine Thein:
Catherine Leroux is a novelist, translator and journalist. Le mur mitoyen won the 2014 France-Quebec Prize and its English translation, The Party Wall, was nominated for the Giller Prize in 2016.
Madeleine Thien is the author of the story collection Simple Recipes, and three novels, including Certainty and Dogs at the Perimeter. Her most recent book, Do Not Say We Have Nothing, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor-General's Literary Award for Fiction.