Apeirogon

Apeirogon Review

From the National Book Award-winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin comes an epic novel rooted in the real-life friendship between two men united by loss.

Colum McCann's most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon--named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides--is a tour de force concerning friendship, love, loss, and belonging.

Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.

Their worlds shift irreparably after ten-year-old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet and thirteen-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn of each other's stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.

McCann crafts Apeirogon out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material. He crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. Musical, cinematic, muscular, delicate, and soaring, Apeirogon is a novel for our time.

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  • Angela M

    Everything about this book is extraordinary. I was not surprised since Colum McCann is one of my favorite writers. I’ve read all of his published books. This book though, is different from anything ...

  • Paromjit

    An eye opening epic blend of fact and fiction from Colum McCann, ambitiously structured with its echoes and inspirations of 1001 nights and by the Apeirogon, a shape with a countably infinite number o...

  • Lori

    "Borges said that his despair as a writer came when he was unable to translate the limitless nature of the aleph: that point in space which contained all other points. While some fell back on birds an...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Not sure yet how to frame my thoughts - but I honestly almost stopped reading completely at 13%!Until then - I was reading this book diligently- closely - learning and FASCINATED about the migration o...

  • Beata

    Grief is grief. It cannot be measured or weighted, or argued. Two fathers, two daughters killed by the opposite side, two families shattered, and still the same grief. 'Apeirogon' was a demanding nove...

  • Karen

    I apologize to the people who loved and raved about this book! It is a first read for me by this author.Many parts I was very taken with the writing, but the format, and the seemingly random streams o...

  • Paige

    "They seemed the most unlikely of friends, even beyond the obvious, one being Israeli, the other Palestinian." Rami and Bassam's story is humbling. Centered around the Israeli-Palestine conflict, R...

  • Esil

    First 5 star read of 2020!Perhaps not perfect, but certainly brilliant, thought provoking, emotionally charged and timely. Apeirogon is not a linear narrative. Told in 1000 short segments, it tells th...

  • Gumble's Yard

    Once upon a time …. Rami Elhanan, a Jew, a graphic artist … father too of the late Smadar, travelled on his motorbike from the suburbs of Jerusalem to the Cremesian monastry in the mainly Chris...

  • Roman Clodia

    What could cause someone to be that angry, that mad, that desperate, that hopeless, that stupid, that pathetic, that he is willing to blow himself up alongside a girl, not even fourteen years old? ...