Mirror to Damascus

Described by the author as simply 'a work of love', "Mirror to Damascusprovides an enthralling and fascinating history of Damascus from the Amorites of the Bible to the revolution of 1966, as well a being a charming and witty personal record of a city well-loved. In explaining how modern Damascus is rooted in immemoriable layers of culture and tradition, Colin Thubron explores the historical, artistic, social and religious inheritance of the Damascenes in an amusing and perceptive manner, whilst interspersing the narrative with innumerable anecdotes about travellers of bygone days. "Mirror to Damascusis 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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