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Join us for a Sunday Social with Pulitzer Prize finalist Hernán Diaz, author of In the Distance, a Milkweed Books favorite title of 2017. Diaz will be engaged in conversation by his publisher and editor, Chris Fischbach of Coffee House Press, with Milkweed Books manager Hans Weyandt moderating the discussion. Read the New York Times profile of Diaz and In the Distance HERE. Read the Paris Review interview with Diaz HERE. LEARN MORE.
“Hernan Diaz’s In the Distance is exquisite: assured, moving, and masterful, as profound and precise an evocation of loneliness as any book I’ve ever read.”—Lauren Groff
“This suspenseful novel is a potent depiction of loneliness, a memorable immigration narrative, and a canny reinvention of the old-school western.”—Publishers Weekly
“An affecting oddness is the great virtue of In the Distance, along with its wrenching evocations of its main character’s loneliness and grief. And its ability to create lustrous mindscapes from wide-open spaces, from voids that are never empty.”—New York Times
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.
HERNÁN 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.