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Colum McCann's seventh book, Apeirogon, takes its name from the mathematical term for an object with an infinite number of sides. The novel is based on the true, intersecting lives of two men – a Palestinian, Bassam Aramin, and an Israeli, Rami Elhanan – but Apeirogon strives to do much more than just tell their two stories. It examines their lives, and the lives of those around them, from many tangential and connected perspectives.
McCann, from Ireland but based in New York, met Aramin and Elhanan while on a trip to the Middle East with the non-profit organisation Narrative 4. He learned that both men had lost their daughters in the conflict, and that they had formed a friendship, united in grief and in efforts to end the Israeli occupation. With the men’s blessing and cooperation, McCann has woven together Apeirogon, a story told in 1001 fragments.
Like McCann's previous works, including Let the Great World Spin and TransAtlantic, Apeirogon is a work of great ambition, sparking enormous debate among readers and critics. Join McCann as he talks story, empathy and literary mosaic in May.
Colum McCann is the author of seven novels and three collections of stories. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he has been the recipient of many international honours, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. In 2017, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts. His work has been published in over 40 languages. He is the co-founder of the non-profit global story exchange organisation, Narrative 4, and he teaches at the MFA program in Hunter College. His latest novel is Apeirogon, a story of two fathers in Israel and Palestine.
Anna Krien is the author of the award-winning Night Games and Into the Woods, as well as two Quarterly Essays, Us and Them and The Long Goodbye. Anna’s writing has been published in The Monthly, the Age, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Stories and The Big Issue. In 2014 she won the UK William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, and 2018 she received a Sidney Myer Fellowship. Act of Grace, her debut novel, is out now.