Nikolski

By Nicolas Dickner; Lazer Lederhendler (Translator)
(Trumpeter, Paperback, 9781590307144, 290pp.)

Publication Date: May 12, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2009 Indie Notables
“Unaware of each others' existence, two half-siblings and their cousin cross paths in this modern-day, coming-of-age saga set mostly in Montreal. Winner of several prizes in the original French, Nikolski draws you in with sympathetic characters, gentle humor, and vivid prose, all laced with fascinating tidbits of geography and ethnography.”
-- Ilene Traiger, Books On The Common, Ridgefield, CT


Description

Spring 1989. Three young people leave their far-flung birthplaces to follow their own songs of migration. Each ends up in Montreal, each on a voyage of self-discovery, dealing with the mishaps of heartbreak and the twisted branches of their shared family tree.

Filled with humor, charm, and good storytelling, this novel shows the surprising links between cartography, garbage-obsessed archeologists, pirates past and present, a mysterious book with no cover, and a broken compass whose needle obstinately points to the Aleutian village of Nikolski (a minuscule village inhabited by thirty-six people, five thousand sheep, and an indeterminate number of dogs).




About the Author
Nicolas Dickner won two literary awards for his first published work, the short story collection L'encyclopedie du petit cercle. Born in Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec, he travelled extensively in Europe and Latin America before settling in Montreal.

Lazer Lederhendler is a Canadian literary translator and academic. A four-time nominee for the Governor General's Award for French to English translation, he won the award in 2008 for his translation of Nicolas Dickner's novel Nikolski.
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