Apocalypse for Beginners | Granta

  • Published: 04/08/2011
  • ISBN: 9781846272608
  • 129x20mm
  • 272 pages

Apocalypse for Beginners

Nicolas Dickner

Translated by Lazer Lederhendler

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.

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.

Daily Mail

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

The Times

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


The Author

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.

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From the Same Author


Nicolas Dickner, translated by Lazer Lederhendler

Three young people, born thousands of miles apart, each cut themselves adrift from their birthplaces and set out to discover what – or who – might anchor them in their lives. Over the course of the next ten years, Noah, Joyce and an unnamed narrator will each settle for a time in Montreal, their paths almost criss-crossing and their own stories weaving in and out of other wondrous tales, about such things as a pair of fearsome female pirates, a team of urban archaeologists, several enormous tuna fish, a mysterious book without a cover, and a broken compass whose needle obstinately points to the north Alaskan village of Nikolski. Intricately plotted and shimmering with originality, Nikolski charts the curious courses of migration that can eventually lead to home.