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Apeirogon - Colum McCann

Apeirogon - Colum McCann
Apeirogon - Colum McCannApeirogon - Colum McCannApeirogon - Colum McCann

Both books in this two-book limited edition set are numbered 94 [of 500]

Title: Apeirogon

Author:  Colum McCann

ISBN:  9781526624505

Weight:  2.48kg

Numbered and signed limited first editions, first printings



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Apeirogon by Colum McCann

The novel of a lifetime about two men and their daughters: divided by conflict, yet united in grief.

Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin live near one another – yet they exist worlds apart.  Rami is Israeli.  Bassam is Palestinian.  Rami’s license plate is yellow.  Bassam’s license plate is green.  It takes Rami fifteen minutes to drive to the West Bank.  The same journey for Bassam takes an hour and a half.

Both men have lost their daughters.  Rami’s thirteen-year-old girl Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber while out shopping with her friends.  Bassam’s ten-year-old daughter Abir was shot and killed by a member of the border police outside her school.  There was a candy bracelet in her pocket she hadn’t had time to eat yet.

The men become the best of friends.

In this epic novel – named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides – Colum McCann crosses centuries and continents, stitching time, art, history, nature and politics into a tapestry of friendship, love, loss and belonging.  Musical, muscular, delicate and soaring, Apeirogon is the novel for our times.

Peer & Press Reviews

Apeirogon is an empathy engine, utterly collapsing the gulf between teller and listener…  It achieves its aim by merging acts of imagination and extrapolation with historical fact.  But it’s undisputably a novel, and, to my mind, an exceedingly important one.  It does far more than make an argument for peace; it is, itself, an agent of change.

Julie Orringer, New York Times Book Review

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

An apeirogon is a shape with a countably infinite number of sides – and Colum McCann’s transcendent book is full of hundreds of thought-provoking, emotional segments.  McCann turns these haunting true stories into engrossing fiction, and he does so with poetic power.


Bibliographic Info

Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background:

A leading London bookshop, working in association with the publisher, commissioned 2 versions of this numbered limited edition: 500 copies with a gold jacket and 500 with a black jacket.  The ISBN of this Special Edition is 9781526624505, while the ISBN of the standard trade edition is 9781526607904 [silver jacket].

Each book has a tipped-in number / signature page, directly before the half title page, which shows the book’s handwritten number (gold ink).  This two-book set has matching numbers.

The books are identical in every respect, i.e. black covers, and a text block with black sprayed edges and a gold bird pattern on its fore edge.  They also have gold coloured, decorative head and tail bands.

Book numbersBoth books are numbered 94 of 500
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn a combined number / signature page, tipped-in before the half title page.
(Printed on this page is the the book’s title, the author’s name, the phrase ‘SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR’, and the name of the publisher.)
Awards and Media
Awards and prizesBooker Prize 2020 – longlist
Book Stats
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781526624505
ISBN 101526624508
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 161 x 43mm
Packed weight2 x 1.238kg = 2.476kg [heavy books]
Image and Design Credits
Author photographDustin Aksland
Book designSimon M. Sullivan
Jacket designDavid Mann

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