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Solomon, Andrew. FAR & AWAY: REPORTING FROM THE BRINK OF CHANGE: SEVEN CONTINENTS, TWENTY-FIVE YEARS. New York City, NY: Scribner's, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 578 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of essays on subject. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Andrew Solomon's "Far & Away: Reporting From The Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years". "Collects Solomon's writings about places undergoing seismic shifts: Political, cultural, and spiritual. Provides a unique window into 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 change. Takes a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences. Yet Solomon finds a common humanity wherever he travels" (Publisher's blurb). "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). Andrew Solomon has emerged as one of our "wisdom" writers, thinking lucidly and rationally, writing beautifully, and provoking more serious thought. His theme as a writer is the necessary yet elusive relation between Self and The Other: "Home" and "Abroad" are, in the end, re-iterations of "Self" and "The Other". He shows us, without appearing to be a condescending scold, that all human beings (especially but not just Americans in particular) have too much Self-consciousness, not enough Other-awareness. Solomon has no illusions about awareness of The Other being perhaps the most difficult lifelong project we must undertake as human beings. He also sees it as the only lasting solution to persistent universal miseries such as war and other seemingly insoluble problems that pragmatists, not utopian idealists, must make their life-work. An absolute "must-have" title for Andrew Solomon collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (shortly after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Andrew Solomon 1. V. 2016 Chicago". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Solomon was one of the "headline" artists of the Chicago Humanities Festival 2016. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the (very beautiful) Souvenir Program of the Festival. This title will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, placed, and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Solomon did NOT tour to promote the book. So signed copies will be scarce. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Award in 2001 for "The Noonday Demon". One of the greatest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDREW SOLOMON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1476795045. $80.00

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