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Far and away_v2 Far and Away: Essays from the Brink of Change by Andrew Solomon (Chatto & Windus, £14.99)

Andrew Solomon, the author of superb books on depression and parenting, began his career as a foreign correspondent writing articles for American magazines on a wide variety of countries. This collection begins with his conversations with Russian artists living under Soviet rule. He returned to the country in 1993 and saw the invigorating chaos of the Yeltsin regime, with artists free to embrace previously forbidden lifestyles—from openly gay to openly religious. Still, there were…

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