Niko: A Novel

Dimitri Nasrallah

"Nasrallah possesses superb powers of description. With a few deft strokes, he delivers a character’s essence and motivations. His idiosyncratically scarred landscapes shimmer in exotic hues. . . [His]startling achievement is to cause us to perceive the group differently, to remind us that every crowd of refugees consists of scores of people like Niko and Antoine." —The Globe and Mail

"Niko is a story of accepting the frailty of human beings and about moving forward through the bitterness of exile." —The Montreal Gazette

"Sobering and sophisticated... Nasrallah makes your teeth chatter with his riveting survival tale." —Nightlife Magazine

"Niko is relevant and engrossing reading – it’s a particularly alluring read. Nasrallah gives us the space to contemplate his characters, who are refugees and immigrants who struggle towards uncertain futures, uncertain even in the relatively safe haven of Quebec society" -Hour

“By alternating the focus from one character’s inner life to another’s, Nasrallah creates a series of cliffhangers which propel the story forward. But the pleasure of reading Niko comes from more than just its fast pace. In this novel, Nasrallah has created complete worlds that you carry around in your head after you put the book down, worlds to which you want to return.”–Eric Boodman, Montreal Review of Books

“I was taken aback by Nasrallah’s ability to infuse every scene, act and thought with emotion. By the time I reached the novel’s dramatic finish, I’d shed more than a few tears.” –Olga Kidisevic, Broken Pencil

Niko is tragic, spirited, resilient and very affecting. Economic with words and avoiding much embellished language, the novel’s arc is finely crafted and gallops along.” –Martyn Bryant, Rover Arts

“Written in swift, clear prose, this book clips along nicely, covering vast personal, political and geographic territory. It is also a tremendously tender book. Love pulses from cover to cover.” –Michael Bryson, Underground Book Club Blog