Weekend Review—21 and 22 August 2016—Far & Away

FAR AND AWAY –

Reporting from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years

by Andrew Solomon

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Publisher Random House

Paperback

RRP: $35.00

Pages: 590

ISBN: 97817484741129

Andrew Solomon is a professor of psychology at Columbia University and President of PEN American Centre. A Wellcome-Trust prize and National Book Award winner, his pieces date back to the 1980s.

A journalist and essayist and lecturer on politics and culture and LGBTI rights, we have reviewed Solomon’s books over the years.

A riveting collection of essays  – art and artists from Russia to South Africa  – Moscow in 1991 – a memoir of Romania in 1900 from whence his great-great grandparents emigrated – global stories of profound upheaval – a 2002 account of the rebirth of culture in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban and Myanmar moving towards freedom to sexual identity in Ghana  plus some very personal pieces regarding his documented depression—among other things.

Wonderfully written— filled with fierce compassion and insight.

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