In the Distance will end up being one of my 2019 top reads. I love melancholy fiction and this is one of the best I've read. The plot has its starts and stops, but the story never gets stale or boring. The writing is wonderful; particularly the descriptions of the changing landscapes, flora, fauna, and Håkan himself as his journey wears him down mentally and physically. It was a book that was hard to put down and will take a while to get over.