Nicolas Dickner, author
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• In 2000, Dickner published an award-winning collection of short stories, L'encyclopédie du petit cercle. The critical success of this collection led to a grant from Quebec's Conseil des Arts et des Lettres for a writing residency in Germany, where he worked on Nikolski. His second novel, Tarmac, was released in French in 2009.
• Nikolski's translator, Lazer Lederhendler, was awarded the 2008 Governor General's Award for French-to-English translation and the 2009 Quebec Writer's Federation translation prize.
• Nikolski took four years to write, and went through eight versions before it was ready for publication. It is Dickner's first novel.
• In a 2008 CBC Radio interview on Montreal's Radio Noon, Dickner describes his work on an archeological dig in Spain in 1998 where he became fascinated by the lessons of archeology: the idea that everything ends up as garbage, and that from our garbage we can know a society. All of the principal characters in Nikolski reflect this: one is a dumpster diver collecting discarded computer components, one has to sort through the detritus of his mother's life, and one sifts through garbage as a would-be archeologist.
• Nikolski won the 2010 edition of CBC Radio's book competition Canada Reads.
Program: Quebec AM
Broadcast Date: March 28, 2008
Guest(s): Nicolas Dickner
Resource: Tim Belford
Last updated: February 15, 2012
Page consulted on October 1, 2012
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