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  • Published: 4 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473521148
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 640

Far and Away

How Travel Can Change the World

Wellcome Prize winner and National Book Award winner Andrew Solomon brings his sharp eye and fierce compassion to stories from all over the world

In 1991 Andrew Solomon faced down tanks in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the August coup. We find him on the quest for a rare bird in Zambia in 1998, and in Greenland in 2001 researching widespread depression among the Inuit. In 2002 he was in Afghanistan for the fall of the Taliban. He was brought in for questioning in Qaddafi's Libya in 2006. In 2014 he travelled to Myanmar to meet ex-political prisoners as the country fitfully pushed towards freedom. Far andAway tells these and many other stories. With his signature compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities shift when governments change.

A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon chronicles a life's travels to the nexus of hope, courage, and the uncertainty of lived experience and tracks seismic shifts - cultural, political and spiritual. He takes us on a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences via intimate, deeply moving stories that reveal and revel in our common humanity.

  • Published: 4 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473521148
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 640

About the author

Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Cambridge; is a professor of psychology at Columbia University and President of PEN American Center; and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the New Yorker, and the New YorkTimes. A lecturer and activist, he is the author of Far from the Tree: Parents,Children, and the Search for Identity, which won the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and many other awards; and The Noonday Demon:An Atlas of Depression, which won the National Book Award, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has been published in twenty-four languages. His TED talks have been viewed over 12 million times. A dual UK/US national, he lives in London and New York. www.andrewsolomon.com.

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Praise for Far and Away

His voice and eye are always curious, never hurried; his sentences unspool elegantly, and are sharply alive to social cadences and cultural nuance... You can see him exploring and honing the listening habits that led to that book on almost every page here... Solomon lives with his subjects as long as he is able – searching out the dissident artists of China and the Inuit of Greenland, 80% of whom suffer from depression. In this way Solomon builds a picture of the world we have inhabited in the last 25 years, seen from its four corners.

Tim Adams, Observer

Solomon unites human history around the world through his intimate, personal accounts.

Will Coldwell, Guardian

He is an engaging guide – keen-eyed, self-reflective, shrewd, humane – and these articles have a pleasing passion.

Caroline Moorehead, Guardian

Andrew Solomon is every bit as magnificent a traveler as he is a writer - in fact, it's difficult at times to determine which is the greater talent. Thankfully, the reader gets to experience both gifts throughout the pages of this deeply impressive and profoundly moving collection. Here is man whose curiosities are vast (politics, art, food, psychology, anthropology), and whose intellect is beautifully honed, but whose spirit is humble and whose heart is enormous. You will not only know the world better after having seen it through Solomon's eyes, you will also care about it more.

Elizabeth Gilbert

This is a beautiful book, inspired by love of ‘away' and uncertainty about ‘home,' a celebration of freedom which valuably warns that freedom must sometimes be learned. Much more than 'travel writing,' it's a portrait of our world, made by someone who has been there.

Salman Rushdie

From Cape Town to Bucharest, and Hangzhou to Tripoli, Andrew Solomon’s Far and Away is positively Whitmanian in its openness to difficulty and its embodiment of wonder. I felt exposed and expanded. This book is an ecstatic provocation to understand ourselves not as citizens of nations but as citizens of the entire world, a world whose territories are glorious and troubled and desperately connected.

Leslie Jamison

Andrew Solomon’s magisterial Far and Away collects a quarter-century of soul-shaking essays.

Vanity Fair

His writing is never less than deeply perceptive, and wonderfully humane.

Caroline Sanderson, Bookseller

Greater than the sum of its parts. It sparkles with insights great and small on the countries and people that [Andrew Solomon] has had the privilege to meet over the last quarter century. Although his perceptions are keen, what he delivers best and with enchanting clarity are their truths, fears, regrets, and hopes. Readers will most certainly be inspired to book a flight, finishing this book en route to some faraway place.


Solomon’s writing captures the sweep of history and social upheaval through vivid, fine-grained reportage that’s raptly attuned to individual experience.

Publishers Weekly

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


Far and Away is literary journalism at its cracking best.

Sara Wheeler, Mail on Sunday

The pieces, covering 25 years, are brilliant…models of unsparing lucidity and trenchant observation.

Financial Times

One of the most original thinkers of our time.

Travel Extra Magazine

Solomon is an attentive and inquisitive anatomist of the ways that art is made within a society.

Alex Clark, Times Literary Supplement

Solomon has an outsider’s eagle eye. A dazzling volume.

Sara Wheeler, Spectator, Book of the Year

[A] wonderful collection of essays… Dip in and out, and you will be richly rewarded over and again.

Erica Wagner, New Statesman

This is a book to open the eyes and broaden the mind.

World of Cruising

As always, Solomon gets into the far corners of things, including people’s minds… He’s also very sharp on South Africa, China, Libya, Romania, and Brexit Britain, among others. He’s an expert on turmoil.

William Leith, Evening Standard

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