Mirror To Damascus

Mirror To Damascus : 50th Anniversary Edition

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Described by the author as simply 'a work of love', Mirror to Damascus provides a rich and fascinating history of Damascus from the Amorites of the Bible to the revolution of 1966, and is also a charming and witty personal record of an extraordinary city.

In explaining how modern Damascus is rooted in immemorial layers of culture and tradition, Colin Thubron explores the historical, artistic, social and religious inheritance of its people. Along the way, he shares unforgettable stories about the enterprising travellers of bygone days.

Mirror to Damascus is a unique portrait of a city now obscured by recent upheavals, by one of the most indefatigable and popular of travel writers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 158.76g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 50th Anniversary
  • 0099532298
  • 9780099532293
  • 130,637

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"One of the oldest, most mysterious and fascinating cities in the world has found a worthy biographer: a rare event and one not to be missed" * Sunday Times * "One of the most subtly beautiful books about a city I have ever read" -- Jan Morris "Colin Thubron writes in a classical style of grave beauty, with an intense feeling for place and people" * New York Times * "From the earliest legend to the latest coup, Mirror to Damascus reflects every discoverable facet of the city... a quite exceptional travel writer" * Daily Telegraph * "One of the great merits of Mr Thubron's admirable book is that he balances this tribute to a place of which he is clearly very fond with the harsh facts of history... he was always moved by the best motives - curiosity and affection" * The Times *
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About Colin Thubron

Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing, and the winner of many prizes and awards. He first visited Syria in 1965 and his portrait of its capital city, Mirror to Damascus, was published to critical acclaim in 1967. He has also written about Lebanon, Cyprus and Russia. From these early experiences developed his classic travel books: Behind the Wall (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Award), The Lost Heart of Asia, In Siberia (Prix Bouvier), Shadow of the Silk Road and To a Mountain in Tibet. Colin Thubron was President of the Royal Society of Literature from 2010 to 2017.
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"One of the oldest, most mysterious and fascinating cities in the world has found a worthy biographer: a rare event and one not to be missed"
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