Wednesday, May 12 | 6:30pm
COLUM McCANN / Apeirogon
“a shape with a countably infinite number of sides.”
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD • LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE
In conversation with GARY BARWIN, author of Yiddish for Pirates (finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize) and Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted -the Ballad of Motl the Cowboy
Colum McCann’s most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon—a “beautifully observed masterpiece” —is a tour de force concerning friendship, love, loss, and belonging.
Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian, and Rami Elhanan, an Israeli, come together after each has lost a daughter, one to suicide bombers and the other to Israeli police. Parents from both sides of the conflict whose loved ones have died gather in a parents’ circle to tell their stories, to heal and to ensure that their unimaginable losses are never forgotten. Bassam and Rami recognize the loss that connects them and attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace.
Deploying myriad seemingly unrelated historical, cultural and biographical snapshots, this highly original and inventive novel reframes the never-ending Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Based on the true-life friendship of the two fathers, 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.