Mirror To Damascus

Front Cover
Random House, Jun 8, 2011 - Travel - 368 pages
2 Reviews


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.


What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - CharlotteN - LibraryThing

This book was like eating a rich, sticky chocolate pudding. The language was beautifully written, but so full of description that I couldn't read more than a few pages at a time before I needed to ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - philipblue - LibraryThing

When Colin Thubron was in Damascus in the 1960s, his overwhelming feeling was of a city in interminable decline, tossed and blown by ill winds as they buffeted the city relentlessly, a far cry from ... Read full review


Acknowledgements p
Under the SlaveKings p
The Unspeakable Turk p
The White Death p
The Minorities p
Faces and Things which were Passing p
The Mandate p
Chronology p

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

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.

Bibliographic information