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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.


  • 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