The Bleeds

Dimitri Nasrallah

An election sets the stage for Oedipal rivalry and civil revolt.

For three generations, the Bleeds have ruled over their country. Once hailed as the founders of an independence movement, they have long since cemented into autocrats supported by the colonial keepers that manage the region’s uranium trade. Fifty years on, their family dysfunction is tearing apart the fabric of the nation. Mustafa Bleed transferred power to his son Vadim five years ago, but never let go of the reins. Vadim is better known for luxurious partying in the nightclubs of the world than anything he's accomplished for his country as president. Now an election has set the stage for an orchestrated revolt. As opposition leaders, journalists, bloggers, foreign diplomats, and prospective uranium customers all jockey for a better future, a father and son grapple with bonds of love, loyalty, betrayal, and paranoia.

From the author of the widely acclaimed Niko comes an intimate novel about the levers of power and privilege that shape the lives of the people most affected by war and insurrection. The Bleeds is Nasrallah’s most boldly political statement to date.

Esplanade Books


Praise for Niko:

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

Dimitri Nasrallah’s novel, Niko, was nominated for CBC’s Canada Reads and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and has been published in four languages. His debut, Blackbodying, won the Quebec’s McAuslan First Book Prize. He lives in Montreal, where he teaches creative writing at Concordia University.

Other books by Dimitri Nasrallah: Niko: A Novel
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