Far & Away: Places on the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, by Andrew Solomon

By Andrew Solomon

From the winner of the nationwide ebook Award and the nationwide Books Critics’ Circle Award—and some of the most unique thinkers of our time—a riveting selection of essays approximately locations in dramatic transition.

Far and Away collects Andrew Solomon’s writings approximately areas present process seismic shifts—political, cultural, and non secular. Chronicling his stint at the barricades in Moscow in 1991, whilst he joined artists in resisting the coup whose failure ended the Soviet Union, his 2002 account of the rebirth of tradition in Afghanistan following the autumn of the Taliban, his insightful appraisal of a Myanmar seeped in contradictions because it slowly, fitfully pushes towards freedom, and plenty of different tales of profound upheaval, this ebook presents a special window onto the very notion of social swap. along with his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates either how historical past is altered through members, and the way own identities are altered while governments alter.

A journalist and essayist of outstanding belief and prescience, Solomon captures the essence of those cultures. Ranging throughout seven continents and twenty-five years, a long way and Away takes an impressive trip into the guts of terribly diversified stories, but Solomon reveals a typical humanity at any place he travels. Illuminating the improvement of his personal genius, his tales are constantly intimate and infrequently either humorous and deeply relocating.

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The same applies to the Syriac word for “freedom,” ḥêrûṯâ. This Syriac-Aramaic formation seems to be quite old. 20 In this case, influence from the Graeco-Roman world, where libertas had its particular history as a coin legend, is not excluded and, in fact, is quite probable. In Arabic, the history of the term is not altogether clear. It is very possible, and indeed likely, that ḥurrîyah, in the abstract meaning of “freedom,” was current among pre-Islamic Arabs, but express and genuine proof for this would be welcome.

9f. (Madrid 1958). Cf. al-Ḥuṣrî, Zahr al-âdâb, I, 203. The poet is said to have been the eighth-century Maʿn b. Zâʾidah. Later poets provided their own numerous variations on the subject. There were many “may you not cease (lâ zilta) being envied” verses, cf. ” The relevant verses are also cited, for instance, by Ibn ʿAbd-al-Barr, Bahjat al-majâlis, ed. M. , in the chapter on envy (Cairo, n. ). One might even speak of “the pleasure of the envied man” (ladhdhat al-maḥsûd), as did ʿUmârah al-Yamanî, ed.

A. C. v. ḥr. However, it may be noted that E. Kautzsch, Die Aramaismen im Alten Testament (Halle, 7 8 32 9 ii. the muslim concept of freedom been confirmed. Ethiopic ḥarrâ, with the adjective ḥarrâwî, is sometimes cited, but its connection with the word meaning “freedom” is highly uncertain. 16 This would favor the assumption that ḥurr is not derived from a primary root ḥ-r-r. The fact that there exists a common primary root ḥ-r-r meaning “to be hot” also points in the same direction. ” However, these attempts carry little conviction.

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