Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Andrew Solomon

Narrated By: Andrew Solomon

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: April 2016

Duration: 22 hours 14 minutes


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.


  • Wendy Avery

    Don't let Solomon's deep voice put you off, his humor and accents come off beautifully and his narration is well paced. The book is full of important culture sharing and at times personal and political stories. The first several chapters concentrate on avant garde artists around the world, and if that's not your thing, just skip those chapters. The rest are worth it. I'm getting a hardcover edition for my bookshelf. My book group, all well travelled women, loved it.