Apeirogon

Apeirogon

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE PRIX FEMINA AND THE PRIX MEDICIS
WINNER OF THE PRIX DU MEILLEUR LIVRES ETRANGER
WINNER OF THE 2020 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARDS
CHOSEN AS A BOOK OF 2020 BY THE SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER, GUARDIAN, i PAPER, FINANCIAL TIMES, NEW STATESMAN, SCOTSMAN, IRISH TIMES, BBC.COM, WATERSTONES.COM

 

Justine:

 

A novel based on a true story of two fathers whose daughters were killed. One by an Israeli bullet, the other by a Palestinian bomber.

It is a beautifully written book which will make you wonder, think and cry. It is not a speed read. It is best slowly read. Best book of 2020!

 

Other Reviews:

 

The latest novel from the National Book Award winner blends fiction with history to examine how two men channel their grief into political power as they become advocates for peace in the Middle East * TIME MAGAZINE *

A work that is both spectacularly inventive and grounded in brutal fact. It is about grief and forgiveness, about family and politics. If you can read it without sobbing, you’re a monster * OBSERVER*

 

A profound account of pain and healing * Guardian *

 

Colum McCann’s transcendent book is full of hundreds of thought-provoking, emotional segments … McCann turns these haunting true stories into engrossing fiction, and he does so with poetic power * independent.co.uk *

 

Apeirogon is an empathy engine, utterly collapsing the gulf between teller and listener … It achieves its aim by merging acts of imagination and extrapolation with historical fact. But it’s undisputably a novel, and, to my mind, an exceedingly important one. It does far more than make an argument for peace; it is, itself, an agent of change * New York Times Book Review *

 

Nothing like any book you’ve ever read … Think of discovering an entirely unprecedented, and profoundly true, narrative form. Think about feeling that the very idea of the novel, of what it can be and what it’s capable of containing, has been expanded, forever … All I can really tell you is, read McCann’s book. It’s an important book — MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

 

Now you have to read Apeirogon … Delirious and thrilling, spectacular * London Sunday Times *

 

Weaves documentary and imagination into its tough physical fabric . .. Frequently beautiful … Often dazzles … At the core of this fractal fiction is a simple, radiant myth: “The hero makes a friend of his enemy” * Economist *

 

A jagged, fractured, teeming novel … Apeirogon is a daring structural feat, a conspicuously elaborate and multivalent piece of novelistic engineering … The distilled and fractured form has a glistening poetry * Times Literary Supplement *

 

In the spirit of Picasso’s Guernica, Apeirogon reminds us that such incandescent art evokes humility and light in the face of oppression and loss * O Magazine *

 

A loving, thoughtful, grueling novel * Washington Post *

 

Powerful novel about the shared grief of a Palestinian and Israeli * Sunday Times, Books of 2020 *

 

The tale of a friendship between an Israeli and a Palestinian … Composed of 1,001 chapters, it has won effusive praise from early readers * New Statesman *

 

Colum McCann seems to shape-shift with each new book; Apeirogon examines the friendship between Israeli and Palestinian fathers who have each lost children to the conflict * Financial Times, 2020 visions: the year ahead in books *

 

His most ambitious work yet, chronicling the human cost of the Israeli Palestinian conflict in a tale of love and loss that crosses fiction and non-fiction * RTE Guide * A novel inspired by a true story about two men – one Israeli and one Palestinian – who both lost daughters in the conflict and who form an unexpected friendship * Scotsman *

 

McCann’s epic, involving novel follows the slow-blooming friendship between two men, an Israeli and a Palestinian, linked by the loss of their daughters * i paper *

 

The advance word on this novel suggests a level of ambition we may not have encountered yet from the Dublin native. It explores the Palestine-Israel conflict through the unlikely friendship of two men from either side * Irish Examiner, 20 Books for 2020 *