IBNA- Persian translation of 'In the Distance' (2017), by Argentinian author Hernan Diaz, a novel rife with exquisite moments and wrenching evocations of its main character’s loneliness and grief has been published.
Winner of the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, ‘In the Distance' has been translated into Persian by Vahid Pour-Ja’fari. Sang (Stone) Publishing in Tehran has released the book in 256 pages.
A young Swedish boy finds himself 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.
Díaz 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 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 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.
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award, Hernan Diaz's work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, the winner of the William Saroyan International Prize, and has received a fellowship from the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. ‘In the Distance’, was a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book of the Year and one of Lit Hub's Top 20 Books of the Decade. He lives in Brooklyn.