Apocalypse for Beginners

Nicolas Dickner

Published: 4 August 2011
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781846272608
£7.99

Translated by Lazer Lederhendler

Overview

Boy meets girl and... boom! The boy falls hopelessly in love and secretly harbours hopes for their romantic future. And the girl? Well, the girl is fully convinced that there is no future at all: not just for them, but for the entire planet. Moving between Canada and Japan, between solid ground and flights of the surreal, this is the sweet, surprising story of two people travelling from friendship to romance, and from separation to the possibility of reunion.


About the author

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Born in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, Nicolas Dickner won two literary awards for his first published work, the short story collection L'encyclopédie du petit cercle. His debut novel, Nikolski (Portobello, 2009) scooped almost every major literary award in Quebec, as well as the Governor General's Literary Award for Translation. More about the author


Reviews

‘A quirky and post-modern rom-com.’

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Reviews

‘An eccentric, ebullient romantic comedy about deep friendship and eternal love’

‘Blessed with a sense of fun and period.’

‘Dickner tells his off-kilter romcom with a thoughtful clarity that makes it very appealing. Lovers of imaginative randomness will find this a book after their own hearts’

‘I loved this sharp, funny and wacky romcom... I also predict that the last line of the book will end up on tattoos and T-shirts everywhere.’

‘Lazer Lederhendler's rendering is remarkably even, and several of the novel's issues run deeper than mere sentence-level concerns.’ Sam Byers

‘Mildly dysfunctional indie types have a literary romcom to call their own in this sweet, slightly self-conscious follow-up to Nikolski... Dickner assembles some ostensibly ill-assorted ingredients into a pleasingly idiosyncratic narrative... Dickner tells his off-kilter romcom with a thoughtful clarity that makes it very appealing. Lovers of imaginative randomness will find this a book after their own hearts.’ Tina Jackson

‘This slickly composed novel... gleams with on-trend observation and doomsday cynicism.’





 
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