Hernán Díaz

marlene lopez

Hernán Díaz is the author of Borges, Between History and Eternity. He is the managing editor of RHM, and associate director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University. His most recent novel, In the Distance (Coffee House Press) was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. 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.