Dogs at the Perimeter

Books and resources

Cambodia Tribunal Monitor

Elizabeth Becker's When the War Was Over: Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge Revolution

Music Through the Dark, by Bree Lafreniere, about the life of Daran Kravanh

Haing S. Ngor's autobiography, Survival in the Killing Fields

Peter Maguire's Facing Death in Cambodia

Loung Ung's First They Killed My Father and Lucky Child

Jon Swain's River of Time

Sydney Schanberg’s The Death and Life of Dith Pran

The work of photojournalists John Vink and Al Rockoff

François Bizot’s The Gate

Nic Dunlop's The Lost Executioner

William Shawcross's Sideshow and The Quality of Mercy: Cambodia, Holocaust and Modern Conscience

Ben Kiernan’s The Pol Pot Regime: Race, Power, and Genocide in Cambodia Under the Khmer rouge, 1975-1979, Third Edition

François Ponchaud's Cambodia: Year Zero

The films of Rithy Panh and the audiovisual resources of the Bophana Centre

The drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Eric Kandel's In Search of Memory

The books of neuroscientist Antonio Damasio

The reading room at DC-Cam, The Documentation Center of Cambodia, Phnom Penh

Madeleine Thien © Rawi Hage, 2010

Madeleine Thien © Rawi Hage, 2010


MADELEINE THIEN is the author of three books of fiction, including  Certainty, which won the Amazon First Novel Award. Her collection of stories, Simple Recipes, was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the City of Vancouver Book Award. Dogs at the Perimeter was shortlisted for Germany’s 2014 International Literature Prize. Her books have been translated into 18 languages.

Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Granta, PEN America, The Walrus, Five Dials, Brick, Warscapes, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, National Post, Globe & Mail, Literary Review of Canada, and the Asia Literary Review. In 2010, she received the Ovid Festival Prize, awarded each year to an international writer of promise. She lives in Montreal.

DOGS AT THE PERIMETER, a novel, was originally published in Canada in 2011, and by Granta Books  in the UK in February, 2012. The novel has since been translated into Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, and Turkish.

She is currently completing a novel that draws on the teaching of Western classical music in China. She was the recipient of the Shanghai M Literary Residency for 2013, and is currently Writer-in-residence at the University of Guelph. With novelist and photographer Rawi Hage, she is the inaugural Stegner Fellow at Simon Fraser University. Their collaborative book and multimedia project will be published in 2015.

Since 2010, she has been part of the International Faculty in the groundbreaking MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong.

To contact the author, please send a note to dogsattheperimeter at gmail dot com or a private message on Twitter, @madeleinethien