A Song from Faraway


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5.4 X 8.3 X 0.6 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author

Deni Ellis Béchard is the author of seven previous books of fiction and nonfiction, including Vandal Love, winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers Prize, and Into the Sun, winner of the 2016 Midwest Book Award for Literary Fiction and selected by CBC/Radio-Canada as one of the most important books to be read by Canada's political leadership. His work has received the Nautilus Book Award for Investigative Journalism and been featured in Best Canadian Essays, and his photojournalism has been exhibited in the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. His articles, fiction, and photos have been published in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Salon, Reuters, the Paris Review, The Guardian, Patagonia, La Repubblica, The Walrus, Pacific Standard, Le Devoir, Vanity Fair Italia, the Herald (Scotland), the Huffington Post, the Harvard Review, the National Post, and Foreign Policy. He has reported from India, Cuba, Rwanda, Colombia, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Afghanistan.


"A Song from Faraway brings us around the world, singing a song about the folly of truth. It is unsettling and playful and uncanny and breathtaking. Deni Ellis Béchard does in this work what a novel should do; he makes it new and spellbinds us with it."--Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

"Brave and complex, A Song from Faraway is prose of the highest order, offering a masterclass of characters that have nowhere to hide under the harsh light of their flawed lives. In this blanched terrain, Béchard proves himself to be a magician of a storyteller, deftly commanding the reader's attention with one hand while the other produces surprise after magnificent surprise."--Dimitri Nasrallah

"Powerful, intimate, and compelling, Béchard's novel will take your breath away. He shows us how fiction meets and transforms history to become fiction again, how what seems faraway--our fathers' battles, ancient art, the people we love--is nearby, and how mystery continues to propel both our histories and our private lives." --Johanna Skibsrud

Praise for White

"A compelling literary fantasia . . . Béchard's fifth book blends fiction, literary and cultural criticism, parody and memoir. . . . It is as unsettling as it is thought-provoking."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A tale that feel like James Michener and Gabriel Garcia Márquez joined forces to craft a meditation on race. . . . In White, there is nothing clean cut about the way whiteness manifests in geopolitics. . . . Captivating, careening, thrilling, and magical, this is intelligent entertainment."--Foreword Reviews (starred review)

"White's self-aware, self-immolating interrogation of colonialism, whiteness, and fiction makes for a smart and dizzying feat of writing."--Meridian

"Remarkable . . . White is a thriller, an adventure story, a literary novel that interrogates what the possession of whiteness means to those seen as white. His novel also crosses the boundary of the what defines a novel."--Signature

Praise for Into the Sun

"Into the Sun is a ferociously intelligent and intensely gripping portrait of the expatriate community in Kabul--the idealists, mercenaries, aid workers, and journalists circling around a war offering them promises of purpose, redemption, or cash, while the local Afghans in their orbit negotiate the ever-changing and ever-dangerous politics of the latter stages of the American war in Afghanistan. Brilliant."--Phil Klay, National Book Award-winning author of Redeployment

"Into the Sun is the sort of book I'm always hungry for--the serious novel in which the guns literally go off. Béchard makes me think of Graham Greene and Robert Stone, which is heady company, indeed."--Richard Ford

Praise for Cures for Hunger

"You haven't read a story like this one, even if your father was the kind of magnificent scoundrel you only find in Russian novels. Béchard is the rare writer who knows the secret to telling the true story. Just because the end is clear doesn't mean the bets are off."--Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

"Béchard writes that prison taught his father 'the nature of the self, the way it can be shaped and hardened.' As in a great novel, this darkly comic and lyrical memoir demonstrates the shaping of its author, who suffers the wreckage of his father's life, yet manages to salvage all the beauty of its desperate freedoms. Béchard's poetic gifts give voice to the outsiders of society, and make them glow with humanity and love."--Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen

Praise for Vandal Love

"A strange and beautiful first novel . . . A sculpted artifact, built sentence by luminous, surprising sentence."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A novel you'll want to read slowly, savoring prose that's both lyrical and gritty, able to evoke big emotions with exquisite intimacy."--O, The Oprah Magazine

"In Vandal Love Béchard has reinvented the generational novel with innovative brilliance. The book has all the quirky depth of a great HBO series and a line-to-line literary energy that is very rare. This is an enormously impressive debut by a clearly gifted writer."--Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain