Far and Away: How travel can change the world
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.