Apeirogon Background

Apeirogon Background

Apeirogon is a novel published in 2020 by Irish-American author Colum McCann and is based on a real-life story. The book focuses on the unexpected friendship of two fathers, Palestinian Bassam Aramin and Israeli Rami Elhanan, who connect over the shared loss of their respective daughters. Despite the hatred between the two countries, and the ingrained contempt for each other, they overcome their resentment and bond over their tragic losses. Bassam's daughter was ten years old when she was shot dead by a rubber bullet from the Israeli border police, while Rami's daughter was thirteen when she was killed in an attack by a suicide bomber. The title, Apeirogon, means a shape that has an infinite number of sides, that although small are all connected with one another. It represents the intertwining stories of the fathers as well as McCann's constant references to other stories, such as The Arabian Nights: One Thousand and One Nights, which is referred to through the breaking up of the book into 1,001 individual, short sections.

Colum McCann moved to New York, where he currently lives, after his birth in Dublin, in Ireland. He is best known for his 9/11 novel, Let the Great World Spin, which received international acclaim and was awarded US National Book Award for Fiction in 2009 as well as the International Dublin Literary Award in 2011. McCann has received several honorary degrees throughout his career, including those from Queen's University in Belfast and the Dublin Institute of Technology, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010.

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