Far and Away by Andrew Solomon
Essays from the Brink of Change, Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years

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Agile, informative, even revelatory pieces that, together, show us both the great variety of humanity and the interior of a gifted writer’s heart.
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From the winner of the National Book Award and the National Books Critics’ Circle Award—and one of the most original thinkers of our time—a riveting collection of essays about places in dramatic transition.

Far and Away collects Andrew Solomon’s writings about places undergoing seismic shifts—political, cultural, and spiritual. Chronicling his stint on the barricades in Moscow in 1991, when he joined artists in resisting the coup whose failure ended the Soviet Union, his 2002 account of the rebirth of culture in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban, his insightful appraisal of a Myanmar seeped in contradictions as it slowly, fitfully pushes toward freedom, and many other stories of profound upheaval, this book provides a unique window onto the very idea of social change. With his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter.

A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon captures the essence of these cultures. Ranging across seven continents and twenty-five years, Far and Away takes a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences, yet Solomon finds a common humanity wherever he travels. Illuminating the development of his own genius, his stories are always intimate and often both funny and deeply moving.
 

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Andrew Solomon is the author of The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost, A Stone Boat, and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, winner of fourteen national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a New York Times bestseller, now published in twenty-two languages. He lives in New York and London with his husband and children.
 
Published April 19, 2016 by Scribner. 592 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Travel, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Mar 02 2016

Agile, informative, even revelatory pieces that, together, show us both the great variety of humanity and the interior of a gifted writer’s heart.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Kevin Canfield on May 01 2016

The best chapters in “Far and Away” embody this spirit, enlightening us about us extraordinary events, customs and people.

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The Economist

Above average
on Apr 23 2016

The 28 pieces gathered here are the fruits of 25 years of travel to 83 countries and all seven continents...His piece on Rwanda opens with a masterfully concise exposition of the Hutu-Tutsi conflict...

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