Diaz
2019 Longlist

In the Distance

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

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.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Hernan
Diaz

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.

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.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

In Diaz’ first novel, we journey with Swedish immigrant Hákan into the landscape of the American West, but experience it in an unconventional way. The language – solitary, dazzling, sometimes circular – perfectly reflects Hákan’s life.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
03/10/2017
Author
Publisher
Coffee House Press

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