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Voyager

(2016)
A non fiction book by

 
The acclaimed, award-winning novelist takes us on some of his most memorable journeys in this revelatory collection of travel essays that spans the globe, from the Caribbean to Scotland to the Himalayas.

Now in his mid-70s, Russell Banks has indulged his wanderlust for more than half a century. "Since childhood, I've longed for escape, for rejuvenation, for wealth untold, for erotic and narcotic and sybaritic fresh starts, for high romance, mystery, and intrigue," he writes in this compelling anthology. The longing for escape has taken him from the "bright green islands and turquoise seas" of the Caribbean islands to peaks in the Himalayas, the Andes, and beyond.

In Voyager, Russell Banks, a lifelong explorer, shares highlights from his travels: interviewing Fidel Castro in Cuba; motoring to a hippie reunion with college friends in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; eloping to Edinburgh with his fourth wife, Chase; driving a sunset-orange metallic Hummer down Alaska's Seward Highway.

In each of these remarkable essays, Banks considers his life and the world. In Everglades National Park, a "perfect place to time-travel", he traces his own time line. "I keep going back, and with increasingly clarity I see more of the place and more of my past selves. And more of the past of the planet as well." Recalling his trips to the Caribbean in the title essay, "Voyager", Banks dissects his relationships with the four women who would become his wives. In the Himalayas he embarks on a different quest of self-discovery. "One climbs a mountain not to conquer it but to be lifted like this away from the earth up into the sky," he explains.

Pensive, frank, beautiful, and engaging, Voyager brings together the social, the personal, and the historical, opening a path into the heart and soul of this revered writer.

 
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Used availability for Russell Banks's Voyager


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Hardback Editions

May 2016 : USA Hardback
Title: Voyager: Travel Writings
Author(s): Russell Banks
ISBN: 0-06-185767-X / 978-0-06-185767-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

May 2017 : USA Paperback
Title: Voyager: Travel Writings
Author(s): Russell Banks
ISBN: 0-06-185768-8 / 978-0-06-185768-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

May 2016 : USA Audio CD
Title: Voyager: Travel Writings
Author(s): Russell Banks
ISBN: 1-5047-3639-7 / 978-1-5047-3639-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2016 : USA Audio CD
Title: Voyager: Travel Writings
Author(s): Russell Banks
ISBN: 1-5047-3640-0 / 978-1-5047-3640-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2016 : USA MP3 CD
Title: Voyager: Travel Writings
Author(s): Russell Banks
ISBN: 1-5047-3641-9 / 978-1-5047-3641-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2016 : USA Audio edition
Title: Voyager: Travel Writings
Author(s): Russell Banks
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


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