Madeleine Thien (1974) is a Canadian-born writer with Malaysian and Chinese roots, who has published both short stories as well as novels. Already her debut, the collection of short stories Simple Recipes (2001) describing the life of immigrants in Canada, received recognition and several awards. Her first novel Certainty (2006) links a love story and musings on history and the effect of time on people. Thien’s fourth book, the novel Dogs at the Perimeter (2011) deals with one of the darkest chapters in contemporary history – the genocide of the Khmer Rouge and its aftermath. The catastrophic extent of what happened is revealed to the reader through flashbacks and dreams spanning several decades. Madeleine Thien talks to translator and writer Kätlin Kaldmaa.