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A young Swedish boy finds himself penniless and alone in California He travels east in search of his brother moving on In the MOBI #204 foot against the great push to the west Driven back over and over again on his journey through vast expanses Håkan meets naturalists criminals religious fanatics Indians and lawmen and his exploits turn him into a legend Díaz defies the conventions of historical fiction and genre travel narratives the bildungsr. I resisted everything about this novel in the beginning I honestly thought it was impossible to believe in I wrote highly critical marginalia as I read normally I don't write any marginalia And then something happened I gave up maybe trying to make the book conform to my expectation This is the story of a man for whom everything in life goes terribly wrong He lives out his life in nearly complete isolation from others He wanders around North America with no sense of where he is no education and barely any ability to communicate with others His luck is very bad He spends most of his life and most of the book utterly alone Hernan Diaz needed extraordinary imagination and empathy for this odd man he created; Diaz pulls off one scene after another where his character encounters an insoluble problem that threatens his survival and overcomes it

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In the DistanceHave 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 daysHernán Díaz is the author of Borges Between History and Eternity Bloomsbury managing editor of RHM and associate director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University He lives in New Yor. What a little gem of a novel hidden away in the Tournament of Books longlist It's a Western in as much as it is set in the West but to uote the author from this interview There are many fossilized moments of the Western genre that appear throughout the novel but I tried to disappoint and go against them I wanted to write a book that relies on the Western tradition but ultimately subverts it I found it such a contrast reading this a few months after tackling Lonesome Dove a literal and figurative giant of the genre Landscapes are really the only thing the two novels share and even then Diaz keeps it deliberately vague We know our protagonist Hakan essentially roams in solitude for much of the novel through vast deserts and plains but few place names are attached Likewise he meets characters who occasionally are named but are mostly just transitoryThis is a novel of solitude A Western very much from the point of view of an outsider or at least one who see's himself as other In this way this is such a perfect example of an immigrant experience story I don't think I have read another book that conveys so well being in a country where you don't speak the language For a good portion of the novel Hakan intuit's the meaning of conversations by expressions and gestures and Daiz passes this along to the reader by not allowing us the dialogue either I thought that was a master strokeMore from the author on this The experience of foreignness has determined my entire life I wanted to re create that feeling In doing so I tried to transcend the obvious fact that the protagonist is a foreigner I tried to make genre and even language itself feel foreign But at the same time this is a very American story which makes us remember that foreignness is part of the American experience to begin with All of that is weaved into the book and it’s central to what I was trying to say In the Distance is a deeply affecting novel if you let yourself into it it took me a few chapters to warm to it I also had some areas of concern Namely the conveniently placed science Hakan hears about evolutionary theory from a traveling naturalist comes to be an expert animal dissector does a complex operation on a horse learns sterile surgical techniues observes upside down images as light through a pinhole if he had the resources I am sure he would have invented photography He digs himself a complex underground hideout complete with what seemed like a hinged roof system I mean yes it is awesome to read about these exploits but it started to weigh on my mind how implausible all this was Hakan became a fabled giant miraculously acuiring whatever skills he needed for survival but oddly learning to follow a compass was not one of them These are uibbles mostly this is very good and I would love to see it on film It would be 2 hours of mostly just a man riding through a desert and I think it could be stunning Note for film makers Alexander Skarsgard as Hakan please Soundtrack by Nick Cave similar to what he did for the film The Proposition

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Read & download Û In the Distance Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ ❴PDF❵ ❤ In the Distance Author Hernán Díaz – A young Swedish boy finds himself penniless and alone in California He travels east in search of his brother moving on foot Oman 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 Håkan got up He did this each time he thought he spied someone on the circular horizon Had Håkan and his animals ever been spotted the distant travelers would. Dawn was an intuition certain yet unseen and Håkan ran toward it his eyes fixed on the distant spot that he was sure would soon redden showing him the straight line to his brother The intense wind on his back was a good omen an encouraging hand pushing him forward while also sweeping away his tracks I adore historical fiction that features a lone introspective man traveling the American west encountering violent situations meeting oddball characters bedding women of dubious virtue and occasionally finding love just before losing it This is one of those books so I'm letting you know that I was already predisposed to love it Traveling from Sweden to the US a teenage Håkan becomes separated from his older brother during a stopover in the UK As their destination was Nujårk New York Håkan boards a ship headed for America thinking they will be reunited there But when Håkan's ship docks in California instead he decides to journey across the continent hoping to find his brother at the other end And yes he does encounter everything that I mentioned in the first paragraph and His reputation grows as fast as his body and before long he has become a legend the Hawk a man both feared admired and ultimately hunted Aaah I know That last line is horribly melodramatic This was good Very good If it sounds like your kind of thing then READ IT