Like other McCann books, Apeirogon (defined as a shape with a countably infinite number of sides) is a flowing blend of fiction and reality. Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan are real men. Bassam is Palestinian and Rami is Israeli. Both men are sons, fathers and husbands and each has lost a daughter. Abir, Bassam’s daughter, is murdered on her way to school by an Israeli soldier. Smadar, Rami’s daughter is murdered by a suicide bomber. Despite the grief and anger these fathers feel, they join The Parent Circle, an organization that believes peace between Israel and Palestine can only be achieved through connections, empathy and understanding. Bassam and Rami’s frienship is the framework of this exceptional thought-provoking novel.
Apeirogon is one of those rare works that can change your way of thinking-it did mine. It is also packed full of interesting anecdotes, little known facts and heartfelt experiences. A must read for anyone who wants to broaden his/her understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and view it from a personal level.