Sit back and let McCann work his magic. The book is rooted in the achingly tender real-life account of Rami and Bassam, Israeli and Palestinian fathers who have lost daughters to senseless violence, but who arrive at a shared position against the occupation of Palestine. Their common desire is peace and justice. They devote their lives to this. But while their story unfolds, McCann weaves all manner of curiosities— Francois Mitterrand’s last meal, the Dead Sea scrolls, Philippe Petit— enriching, mind-bending elements that create a tale for our times. Mesmerizing and vibrant.
Apeirogon— a shape with a countably infinite number of sides. In this is extraordinary hybrid novel McCann craftfully weaves together the stories of an Israeli father and a Palestinian father, joined in grief after they both lost a daughter in the enduring conflict. He shapes their loss into a breathtaking narrative, splendidly interspersed with incidental details. It is moving and almost impossible to put down.