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

In this 2018 Pulitzer-finalist novel, Hernan Diaz skillfully turns established tropes of the western, the adventure yarn, and the gentle giant into a compelling story of mythic proportions. In the mid-19th century, A young Swedish immigrant traverses the country in search of the brother from whom he has been separated. Over many years, as he ages and the American landscape is transformed, the wanderer's exploits become the stuff of legend. His objective, however, stays always in the distance.

Diaz adds subtle layers that explore man's relationship to the natural world, the consequences of American settlement, and the role of immigrants. But it's the story of one man's wish to live in harmony with his environment and with himself that is the most affecting. This is a gorgeous novel that engages from start to finish.

— From Clara's Picks

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Finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

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