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In the distance

Author: Hernan Diaz
Publisher: Minneapolis Coffee House Press 2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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, Håkan 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hernan Diaz
ISBN: 9781566894883 1566894883
OCLC Number: 1031400056
Description: 256 Seiten 21 cm
Responsibility: Hernan Diaz

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A young Swedish boy, separated from his brother, becomes a man; the man, despite himself, becomes a legend and outlaw.  Read more...

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"Diaz cleverly updates an old-fashioned yarn, and his novel is rife with exquisite moments..." -Publishers Weekly, boxed and starred review"As Diaz, who delights in playful language, lists, and Read more...

 
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