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An­drew Solomon Chatto & Win­dus PB Pub­lished: 19 Oc­to­ber 2017 Price: £12.99

Au­thor An­drew Solomon writes so beau­ti­fully that this book is a joy to read. In­tel­li­gent but eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, his in­tro­duc­tion to his es­says from the past, not only puts them in con­text, but also the writer him­self.

Solomon has been trav­el­ling for many years - start­ing with a visit to Mos­cow to suss out the avant-garde art scene at a time when Rus­sia was just open­ing up un­der Gor­bachev and Christie’s were about to have their first ma­jor auc­tion of Rus­sian art.

Since that first trip he has gone on to ex­plore many other coun­tries in­clud­ing China, Afghanistan, the Solomon Is­lands, South Africa, Brazil and Antarc­tica, and this book is a col­lec­tion of the pieces that he pub­lished at the time. There­fore they are frozen in time in one sense, but are no less fas­ci­nat­ing and in­sight­ful for be­ing so. And Solomon adds to them when he thinks nec­es­sary to bring them up to date or put them into to­day’s con­text.

The hard­back edi­tion was a hefty tome, so it is fan­tas­tic that there is now a pa­per­back edi­tion that can be en­joyed. A real de­light and a highly rec­om­mended read.

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