In the Distance by Hernan Diaz

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Hernan Diaz’s strange, absorbing novel “In the Distance” — the story of Håkan Söderström, a Swedish immigrant whose journey in the American West is fraught with confusion, loss, loneliness and seclusion — upends the romance and mythology of America’s Western experience and rugged individualism.
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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.

 

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Published October 10, 2017 by Coffee House Press. 240 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Westerns, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by ELFRIEDA ABBE on Dec 08 2017

Hernan Diaz’s strange, absorbing novel “In the Distance” — the story of Håkan Söderström, a Swedish immigrant whose journey in the American West is fraught with confusion, loss, loneliness and seclusion — upends the romance and mythology of America’s Western experience and rugged individualism.

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