In the Distance (Paperback)

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While In the Distance can be read as a revisionist Western -- and totally enjoyed and chewed on as such -- what makes Diaz's book truly exceptional is how far beyond a simple genre it goes. A beautiful, thoughtful and often heartbreaking exploration of lonesomeness, the simple confusion of just living, and the magnificent need for human connection.

— Justin

Description


A young Swedish immigrant finds himself penniless and alone in California. The boy travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great current of emigrants pushing West. Driven back again and again, he meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, swindlers, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Diaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre, offering a probing look at the stereotypes that populate our past and a portrait of radical foreignness.

Hernan Diaz is the author of Borges, Between History and Eternity (Bloomsbury 2012), managing editor of RHM, and associate director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University. He lives in New York.

About the Author


Hernan Diaz is the author of Borges, Between History and Eternity (Bloomsbury, 2012) and the associate director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University. He lives in New York.

Praise For…


“Diaz cleverly updates an old-fashioned yarn, and his novel is rife with exquisite moments…” —Publishers Weekly, boxed and starred review


“As Diaz, who delights in playful language, lists, and stream-of-consciousness prose, reconstructs [Hawk’s] adventures, he evokes the multicultural nature of westward expansion, in which immigrants did the bulk of the hard labor and suffered the gravest dangers...an ambitious and thoroughly realized work of revisionist historical fiction.” —Kirkus
Product Details
ISBN: 9781566894883
ISBN-10: 1566894883
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
Pages: 240
Language: English