Far and away reporting from the brink of change

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Far & Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years by Andrew Solomon

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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“Far and Away” by Andrew Solomon

Far & 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.

From the barricades in Moscow in to the rubble of Afghanistan in to the cautious optimism of Myanmar in , Andrew Solomon provides a unique view into some of the most crucial social transformations of the past quarter-century. Encompassing South Africa and Brazil, China and Romania, Guatemala and the Solomon Islands, Solomon explores the unfolding of history, largely through the people who are creating and being shaped by it. He learns from former political prisoners, transgender bartenders, rape victims, shamans, and dogsled-drivers. He gets punched in the jaw in Taiwan, kidnapped in Ecuador, and left adrift in the Great Barrier Reef. He contemplates Antarctica from a dysfunctional ice-breaker and Mongolia from the back of a reindeer. These essays are rooted in intimate, deeply moving stories that reveal our common humanity. Your browser does not support iframes.

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