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Colin Thubron

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About the Author

Colin Thubron is the prizewinning, bestselling author of several travel books.


Tekijän teokset

Shadow of the Silk Road (2006) 1,133 kappaletta
In Siberia (1999) 785 kappaletta
The Lost Heart of Asia (1994) 666 kappaletta
Among the Russians (1983) 448 kappaletta
To a Mountain in Tibet (2011) 426 kappaletta
The Great Cities: Jerusalem (1976) 185 kappaletta
Journey into Cyprus (1975) 153 kappaletta
The Venetians (1980) 152 kappaletta
Mirror to Damascus (1967) 132 kappaletta
The Ancient Mariners (1981) 126 kappaletta
Night of Fire (2016) 121 kappaletta
The Hills of Adonis (1968) 110 kappaletta
To the Last City (2002) 82 kappaletta
The Great Cities: Istanbul (1978) 62 kappaletta
Falling (1989) 60 kappaletta
Turning Back the Sun (1991) 51 kappaletta
A Cruel Madness (1984) 46 kappaletta
Distance (1996) 46 kappaletta
Samarkand (1996) 45 kappaletta
Emperor (1978) 42 kappaletta
Entre árabes (2002) 8 kappaletta
Century Travellers: Jerusalem (1969) 8 kappaletta
The God in the Mountain (1977) 4 kappaletta
Derrière la Grande Muraille (1991) 2 kappaletta
Los antiguos marinos : I (1995) 1 kappale
Los antiguos marinos : II (1995) 1 kappale
Sena puta svile 1 kappale
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Associated Works

The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos (2013) — Toimittaja; Johdanto, eräät painokset637 kappaletta
Onnellinen Arabia : tanskalainen retkikunta 1761-67 (1962) — Johdanto, eräät painokset317 kappaletta
Bad Trips (1991) — Avustaja — 231 kappaletta
Granta 64: Russia the Wild East (1998) — Avustaja — 161 kappaletta
Stalin's Nose: Across the Face of Europe (1992) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset154 kappaletta
Granta 26: Travel (1989) — Avustaja — 153 kappaletta
Granta 28: Birthday: The Anniversary Issue (1989) — Avustaja — 149 kappaletta
Granta 20: In Trouble Again (1986) — Avustaja — 130 kappaletta
Granta 10: Travel Writing (1984) — Avustaja — 88 kappaletta
Oxtravels: Meetings with Remarkable Travel Writers (2011) — Avustaja — 54 kappaletta
Views from Abroad: The Spectator Book of Travel Writing (1988) — Esipuhe — 40 kappaletta
Naar huis (1994) — Avustaja — 16 kappaletta

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Virallinen nimi
Thubron, Colin Gerald Dryden
London, England, UK
London, England, UK
Eton College
travel writer
documentary filmmaker
Grazia, Margreta de (wife)
Royal Society of Literature
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Order of the British Empire (Commander, 2006)
Royal Scottish Geographical Society Mungo Park Medal (2000)
Royal Society for Asian Affairs Lawrence of Arabia Medal (2001)
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature (1969)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
Colin Thubron was born in London on 14 June 1939. Educated at Eton College, he worked briefly for the publishers Hutchinson and as a freelance television film-maker in Turkey, Japan and Morocco. His first book, Mirror to Damascus, was published in 1967. He continued to write about the Middle East in The Hills of Adonis: A Quest in Lebanon (1968) and Jerusalem (1969).

Among the Russians (1983) describes a journey he made by car through western Russia during the Brezhnev era. Behind the Wall: A Journey through China (1987) won both the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award. The Lost Heart of Asia (1994) narrates his travels through the newly-independent central Asian republics, exploring the effects of the collapse of the Soviet Union on the region. He returned to Russia for his most recent travel narrative, In Siberia (1999).
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 1969, Colin Thubron is a regular contributor and reviewer for magazines and newspapers including The Times, the Times Literary Supplement and The Spectator. He lives in London. His latest travel books are Shadows of the Silk Road (2006), an account of his 7,000-mile journey along the route of the Silk Road; and To a Mountain in Tibet (2011), about his pilgrimage to sacred Mount Kailas.



A deep and moving, often eloquent, account of the author's effort to understand Jerusalem, one of the pivot points of the world, from ancient to modern. The author, Colin Thubron, is well known as an accomplished chronicler of places and times, and has a whole published book on Jerusalem, therefore this can be expected to be a deeply insightful and even authoritative work; his other volume in the Great Cities series, on another pivot point Constantinople (Istanbul), is equally evocative. His technique is to delve into the existing institutions and interact with the people involved on the ground, so one often gets what can be called a subaltern view; reinforced in this instance by the moody photographs so liberally provided. The most moving part of the account would appear to be the retracing of the path of Christ as he carries his cross to the place of his martyrdom; reflecting on this, it would appear that the first claim on this holiest of holy places should be with the Christians of the world, except that they themselves have apparently carved up the place of the crucifiction into a dozen separate fiefdoms among the warring sects. Now of course Israel hold this holy land. After having read the author's travel diaries across various countries and continents, one is awe-struck by the pluck and devotion he brings to bear on his subject, the amount of interaction he has been doing, and his intimate experiencing and deep knowledge of the human condition across the world.… (lisätietoja)
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Dilip-Kumar | 1 muu arvostelu | Jul 27, 2023 |
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jarrettbrown | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 4, 2023 |
Another sterling publication from Time-Life Books in their Great Cities series, although this one is quite dated, 1978. But Colin Thubron's scintillating prose makes up to a great extent for its vintage; in keeping with his other works, he approaches the city from the ground level, so to speak, observing the condition and activities of the common people on the streets, rather that conferring with the captains of industry or the political bigwigs. So inevitably, the decrepit condition of the streets and buildings, the crumbling infrastructure, the challenges of living with poor levels of basic services, and the dogged spirit of the people, are what come to the attention. In a way, this probably represents more than anything the reaction of a Westerner (and a non-Muslim, to boot), as the nostalgia for the lost world of Christian Constantinople comes forth strongly. A Muslim writer would probably see in the massive mosques and palaces the confirmation of the glory of his faith; the Christian, however, feels the pang of the seat of Orthodox patriarch reduced to a vestige, the few remaining churches and synagogues with almost no attendance, the gradual emigration of the many ethnic communities like the Jews, the Armenians, the Greeks, and others, the relegation of Sancta Sophia to a museum (and now, with the Islamic revival, back to a mosque in use). In turn, ethnic Turks have come in from the Asian mainland, and the 'European' stock of the local populace (descenced largely from the Christian captives imported under the Ottoman regime) correspondingly decreases. Of course, 45 years down the timeline, one expects that the city would have been refurbished, with broad avenues and shining malls and high-rise buildings; we need to compare the current conditions.… (lisätietoja)
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Dilip-Kumar | Jun 4, 2023 |
Boring and dispirited
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farrhon | 5 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 29, 2023 |



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