Far and Away

Far and Away

Reporting From the Brink of Change : Seven Continents, Twenty-five Years

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Psychologist, lecturer and activist Andrew Solomon's essays about places undergoing seismic political and cultural shifts, around the globe and across a generation. A testament to the importance of travel and bearing witness, they encompass South Africa and Brazil, China and Romania, Guatemala and the Solomon Islands, exploring history as it unfolds, largely through the people who are creating and being shaped by it. He learns from former political prisoners, transgender bartenders, rape victims, and shamans. He describes staring down tanks on the barricades in Moscow during the putsch that ended the Soviet Union, being left adrift at the Great Barrier Reef and brought in for questioning in Qaddafi's Libya, and carousing all night in Kabul with musicians finally able to play again after the US invasion drove away the Taliban. Far and Away chronicles a life's journey to the nexus of hope, courage, and the uncertainty of lived experience, while illuminating the development of Solomon's singularly insightful and empathetic worldview. These essays are rooted in intimate, deeply moving stories that reveal and revel in our common humanity.--Adapted from dust jacket.
Essays chronicle the author's activist stint on the Moscow barricades in 1991, his 2002 account of cultural rebirth in post-Taliban Afghanistan, and other stories of profound change.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476795041
1476795045
Branch Call Number: 303.4 SOLOMON
Characteristics: xii, 578 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Far & away

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AL_HOLLYR Aug 30, 2017

An ambitious collection of travel essays. Not my favorite work by Solomon, but it still displays his incredible writing ability.

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JanetOakes
Aug 24, 2017

I loved this book! It is beautifully written, perceptive, interesting, thoughtful, and thought-provoking. I learned so much! Reading about his many adventures and insights have made me more curious about the world and interested in reading more by Andrew Solomon.

Homa7 Aug 24, 2016

Solomon writes in a very intimate manner and sensitive insight about individual people, their economic, art, culture, social and political situations. It also demonstrates the transformative power of traveling to the readers.

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provisoirl
Jun 30, 2016

A must read for those who wish to raise their cultural awareness. He makes some enlightening observations!

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