Bellagio Residents/

Hernan Diaz

March 2022 Cohort

Bellagio Residency: March 2022

Project: “The Generation”


An acclaimed writer, Hernan Diaz’s first novel, “In the Distance,” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. It did win the the Saroyan International Prize, and garnered many other distinctions. Trust, his second novel, was the winner of the Kirkus Prize and longlisted for the Booker Prize. It was listed as a best book of the year by over thirty publications and named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Time magazine, and it was one of The New Yorker’s 12 Essential Reads of the Year. During his Bellagio residency in March of 2022, Diaz worked on his third novel, “The Generation,” which examines the role of exploration and conquest in the history of the United States and considers these aspects in relation with our current environmental crisis. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and a fellowship from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and he holds a PhD from NYU and edits an academic journal at Columbia University.

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