328 pages | Avril 2007
100 000 copies sold!
A classic of Quebec literature.
In the spring of 1989, three young people, born thousands of miles apart, set out to discover what—or who—might anchor them in their lives. Their stories weave in and out of other wondrous tales—stories about such things as fearsome female pirates, urban archaeologists, unexpected floods, fish of all kinds, a mysterious book without a cover and a dysfunctional compass whose needle obstinately points to the remote Aleutian village of Nikolski.
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Globe and Mail
‘There is a real strain of romanticism in Quebec novels. One of the most beautiful is Nikolski, by first-time novelist Nicholas Dickner. It offers a breathtakingly original perception of the world, mixing geography, cartography, and longing in a language and construction both intellectually sophisticated and emotionally affecting.’
Prix Anne-Hebert jury (Nikolski wom the prize in 2006 for Best First Book)
‘With the obvious (and wicked?) pleasure of a born storyteller, Nicholas Dickner has us holding our breath with his many narratives that join up in most unexpected ways, continuing to surprise us at every turn.’
‘Dickner excites the imagination of the reader to the point of ecstasy.’
‘Nikolski is a great success, both for its structure and its imagination.’