Apeirogon by Colum McCann – Our Review – Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize
Colum McCann delivers a novel that bends the mind, it is epic in its scope, and breathtaking in the way that it blends memory and sorrow beautifully with the international migratory flight paths of birds, art, science, biblical allusions and much more.
At its core Apeirogon is the remarkable true story of an extraordinary friendship forged between two men. Bassam Aramin is Palestinian, Rami Elhanan is Israeli.
Both men have been raised to hate the other, and both have senselessly lost a daughter at the hands of each other’s allied security forces.
This is a world of bordered off streets, of harrowing checkpoints, of ruined buildings, where everyone is touched by randomised death. But at its core, it is a novel of hope.
The structure of Apeirogon is exquisite – like an apeirogon, a polygon of infinite sides, everything is connected – boundless.
Colum McCann’s writing, while at times not for the faint-hearted, even at its darkest points is a joy.
I found this novel both important and fulfilling – it made me completely reconsider my place in time and space as well as my position of privilege.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books