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Colum McCann’s Apeirogon sheds imaginative light on a seemingly endless conflict

Israel-Palestine has come to be defined by platitudes. Can fiction succeed where journalism has failed?

By Daniella Peled   May 2020

KCNY5N General view, Hebron, Holy Land, (i.e. West Bank) LCCN2002724987

I really did not want to like this book. So much has been written on Israel-Palestine—histories, memoirs, essays, fiction and indeed peace plans—and so very little of it is original. So at first, I was not especially enthused by this much-hyped novel by the veteran Irish author Colum McCann, who has confessed that he knew next to nothing about the region before he began his latest project.

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