In the Distance - Hernán Diaz (Paperback)

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Barcode
9781566894883
Department
Books
Released
10 Oct 2017
Supply Source
USA

Book

Author
Hernan Diaz
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Coffee House Pr
Language
English
Number of Pages
240
Dimensions
210 x 140mm

Annotation

"A young Swedish boy finds himself in penniless and alone in California. He travels East in search of his brother, moving on foot against the great push to the West. Driven back over and over again on his journey through vast expanses, Hêakan meets naturalists, criminals, religious fanatics, Indians, and lawmen, and his exploits turn him into a legend. Diaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre (travel narratives, the bildungsroman, nature writing, the Western), offering a probing look at the stereotypes that populate our past and a portrait of radical foreignness. At first, it was a contest, but in time the beasts understood that, with an embrace and the slightest push, they had to lie down on their side and stay until Hêakan got up. Hedid this each time he thought he spied someone on the circular horizon. Had Hêakan and his animals ever been spotted, the distant travelers would have taken the vanishing silhouettes for a mirage. But there were no such travelers-the moving shadows he saw almost every day in the distance were illusions. With the double intention of getting away from the trail and the cold, he had traveled south for days. 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"--

Summary

  • 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.

Fiction

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Literary
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Westerns
BISAC Subject 3
Fiction / Sagas
Dewey Classification
813