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Apeirogon

(2020)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A quite extraordinary novel. Colum McCann has found the form and voice to tell the most complex of stories, with an unexpected friendship between two men at its powerfully beating heart.”—Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire
 
LONGLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE • From the National Book Award–winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin comes an epic novel rooted in the unlikely real-life friendship between two fathers.

 
Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on to the schools their children attend to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.
 
But their lives, however circumscribed, are upended one after the other: first, Rami’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Smadar, becomes the victim of suicide bombers; a decade later, Bassam’s ten-year-old daughter, Abir, is killed by a rubber bullet. Rami and Bassam had been raised to hate one another. And yet, when they learn of each other’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them. Together they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace—and with their one small act, start to permeate what has for generations seemed an impermeable conflict.
 
This extraordinary novel is the fruit of a seed planted when the novelist Colum McCann met the real Bassam and Rami on a trip with the non-profit organization Narrative 4. McCann was moved by their willingness to share their stories with the world, by their hope that if they could see themselves in one another, perhaps others could too.
 
With their blessing, and unprecedented access to their families, lives, and personal recollections, McCann began to craft Apeirogon, which uses their real-life stories to begin another—one that crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. The result is an ambitious novel, crafted out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material, with these fathers’ moving story at its heart.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"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

"A work of incredible magnitude . . . McCann finds the emotional accuracy, the sensitivity, and the beauty to tell the heartbreaking reality of life in Israel-Palestine, while allowing readers a glimmer of necessary hope." - Assaf Gavron

"A quite extraordinary novel. Colum McCann has found the form and voice to tell the most complex of stories, with an unexpected friendship between two men at its powerfully beating heart." - Kamila Shamsie

"This is a wondrous book. In an accretion of splendid detail, McCann writes with an amazing abundance of humanity as he describes the age-old story of inhumanity to man. The effect is absolutely staggering—it will bring you to your knees. Writing at the top of his game, McCann brings us a book that we sorely need. It left me hopeful; this is its gift. What a read!" - Elizabeth Strout


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February 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Apeirogon: Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-5266-0790-5 / 978-1-5266-0790-4 (UK edition)
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February 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Apeirogon: A Novel
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-4000-6960-2 / 978-1-4000-6960-6 (USA edition)
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January 2020 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Apeirogon: A Novel
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-55468-994-5 / 978-1-55468-994-1 (Canada edition)
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Paperback Editions

February 2021 : Canada Paperback

Title: Apeirogon: A Novel
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-55468-995-3 / 978-1-55468-995-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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February 2021 : UK Paperback

Title: Apeirogon: The New York Times bestseller
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-5266-0789-1 / 978-1-5266-0789-8 (UK edition)
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February 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Apeirogon
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ISBN: 1-5266-0791-3 / 978-1-5266-0791-1 (UK edition)
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February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Apeirogon: A Novel
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 0-593-20781-5 / 978-0-593-20781-9 (USA edition)
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February 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Apeirogon: A Novel
Author(s): Colum Mccann
ISBN: 0-593-13451-6 / 978-0-593-13451-1 (USA edition)
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February 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Apeirogon: The New York Times bestseller
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 1-5266-2586-5 / 978-1-5266-2586-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Audio Editions

February 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Apeirogon: A Novel
Author(s): Colum McCann
ISBN: 0-307-87804-X / 978-0-307-87804-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Apeirogon
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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February 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Apeirogon
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Apeirogon
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Availability: Amazon UK   


February 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Apeirogon: A Novel
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

February 2020 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Apeirogon: A Novel
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Random House
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February 2020 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Apeirogon: A Novel
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Apeirogon: Longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize
Author(s): Colum McCann
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU