...The future of fiction
Another Canadian at the festival was Madeleine Thien, who was born in Vancouver in 1974, the year her Chinese-Malaysian family moved to Canada. Like Thúy, she now lives in Montreal. Her fourth book – Dogs at the Perimeter – tells the story of the Cambodian genocide, as seen through the eyes of a traumatised emigrée scientist. In an article for the Guardian, she explained that one of the terrible tactics of the Khmer Rouge was to demand "an existence that combined a Buddhist renunciation of desire with the communist dictum that only violent revolution could cleanse a people".