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-seventies, 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 this “perfect place to time-travel,” he traces his own timeline. “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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  • 001 Voyager
    Duration: 36s
  • 002 Part I Voyager Pt1
    Duration: 01h06min
  • 003 Voyager Pt2
    Duration: 01h18min
  • 004 Voyager Pt3
    Duration: 01h08min
  • 005 Voyager Pt4
    Duration: 01h06min
  • 006 Part II Pilgrim's Regress
    Duration: 43min
  • 007 Primal Dreams
    Duration: 31min
  • 008 House of Slaves
    Duration: 19min
  • 009 The Last Birds of Paradise
    Duration: 01h04min
  • 010 Innocents Abroad
    Duration: 24min
  • 011 Last Days Feeding Frenzy
    Duration: 22min
  • 012 The Wrong Stuff
    Duration: 01h11min
  • 013 Fox and Whale, Priest and Angel
    Duration: 24min
  • 014 Old Goat
    Duration: 37min
  • 015 Credits
    Duration: 01min
  • sample
    Duration: 01min