Nominated by:

Réseau des Bibliothèques Publiques de Montréal, Canada

Publisher of nominated edition:

Esplanade, Canada


Dimitri Nasrallah      


2013 Longlist

Six-year-old Niko Karaam has never known a life outside civil war. He rarely leaves his parents’ small apartment, and from its small balcony he listens to the world outside tumble down one building at a time. But after a car bomb kills his pregnant mother, Niko is thrust into a much wider and confusing world without apartments or balconies, as he and his father Antoine embark upon the open seas on an impossible international adventure in search of a new place to call home. Throughout a twelve-year odyssey that leads them across seven countries, young Niko will have to choose between his swollen faith in an increasingly God-like and unreliable Antoine, and the pragmatic, hard-nosed alternatives that will ultimately lead to a better future.

Swiftly paced, poignantly moving, and beautifully imagined, Niko is the powerful epic story of what it takes to survive after war, of what to hold dear and what to leave behind in a world that won’t let you have it all.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Dimitri Nasrallah’s Blackbodying (DC Books, 2005), won the McAuslan First Book Award and was shortlisted for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montreal. His stories have been published in Maisonneuve, Matrix, and Danforth Review among others. A music journalist and critic, he lives in Montreal.

Librarian’s Comments

Winner of the Hugh MacLennan Prize for fiction in 2011, discerned by the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF), this novel is the second of a well acclaimed and promising Canadian author, who already received prizes and nominations for his work (McAuslan First Book Prize (2005), Grand Prix du Livre de Montreal 2005)

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