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Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing, and the winner of many prizes and awards. His first writing was about the Middle East - Damascus, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1982 he travelled into the Soviet Union in an ancient Morris Marina, pursued by the KGB, a journey he recorded in Among the Russians. 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) and Shadow of the Silk Road (all available in Vintage). In 2010 Colin Thubron became President the Royal Society of Literature.
January 2012 Travel Book of the Month. Spare like the landscape he depicts, Colin Thubron writes of the landscape of Tibet and the pilgrimage route to Mount Kailas, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists but rarely visited by Westerners. Religion runs through each step of the journey, searching, explaining and showing us a land imbued with religious thought and practice. Described as the most personal of his journeys yet, a journey of mind and body. Like for Like Reading:In Siberia, Colin ThubronSky Burial, Xinran
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 3 March 2011. Spare like the landscape he depicts, Colin Thubron writes of the landscape of Tibet and the pilgrimage route to Mount Kailas, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists but rarely visited by Westerners. Religion runs through each step of the journey, searching, explaining and showing us a land imbued with religious thought and practice. Described as the most personal of his journeys yet, a journey of mind and body. Like for Like Reading:In Siberia, Colin ThubronSky Burial, Xinran
Colin Thurbon's beautiful prose unfolds along the Silk Road, unearthing a richly layered past on his most ambitious journey. On buses, donkey carts, trains, jeeps and camels, Colin Thubron traces the drifts of the first great trade route out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey. A magnificent account of an ancient world in modern ferment, Thubron covers over 7000 miles in eight months enduring a near-miss with a drunk-driver, incarceration in a Chinese cell, and undergoing root canal treatment without anaesthetic, along the way. VINTAGE VOYAGES: A world of journeys, from the tallest mountains to the depths of the mind
It began with a spark... A house is burning. Its six tenants include a failed priest, a naturalist, a neurosurgeon and a photographer. Their landlord's relationship to them is both intimate and shadowy. At times he shares their obsessions and memories. He will also share their fate. The passions of these individuals reach beyond the dying house that holds them. One recalls a lonely childhood, another the cremation grounds of India, another an African refugee camp. But will their stories be consumed forever by the flames?
Award-winning, bestselling novelist and travel writer Colin Thubron returns to fiction with his first novel in more than a decade, a searing, poetic masterwork of memory.A house is burning, threatening the existence of its six tenantsincluding a failed priest, a naturalist, a neurosurgeon, and an invalid dreaming of his anxious boyhoodand their landlord, whose relationship to the tenants is both intimate and shadowy. At times, he shares their preoccupations and memories. He will also share their fate.In Night of Fire, the passions and obsessions in a dying house loom and shift, from those of the hallucinating drug addict in the basement to the landlord training his rooftop telescope on the night skies. As the novel progresses, the tenants diverse stories take us through an African refugee camp, Greek Orthodox monasteries, and the cremation-grounds of India. Haunting the edges of their lives are memories. Will these remembrances be consumed forever by the flames? Or can they survive in some form?Night of Fire is Colin Thubrons fictive masterpiece: a novel of exquisite beauty, philosophical depth, and lingering mystery that is a brilliant meditation on life itself.
Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 by the Spectator 'It began with a spark.' A house is burning. Its six tenants include a failed priest, a naturalist, a neurosurgeon and an invalid dreaming of his anxious boyhood. Their landlord's relationship to them is both intimate and shadowy. At times he shares their preoccupations and memories. He will also share their fate. In Night of Fire the passions and obsessions of these unquiet lives reach beyond the dying house that holds them. Ranging from an African refugee camp to the cremation-grounds of India, their memories mutate and criss-cross in a novel of lingering beauty and mystery.
Der Kailash ist fur ein Funftel der Weltbevolkerung der heilige Berg dieser Welt. Isoliert hinter dem Zentral-Himalaya liegend, ist er nie bestiegen worden, wird aber seit Jahrhunderten von hinduistischen und buddhistischen Pilgern rituell umkreist. Colin Thubron unternimmt eine muhevolle Fureise von Nepal uber die Passe Tibets zu den magischen Seen unter dem heiligen Berg und mischt sich dort unter die Pilger. Er spricht mit den Bewohnern abgelegener Dorfer, mit Monchen in verfallenden Klostern und erzahlt die Geschichte Vertriebener und exzentrischer Entdecker aus dem Westen.Und dabei ist er auch selbst auf Pilgerschaft. Nachdem erst kurzlich das letzte Mitglied seiner Familie gestorben ist, erweckt seine Umrundung des heiligen Berges eine eigene Landschaft aus Liebe und Trauer zum Leben. Spurbar anders dahinter sehenIn ihren Reiseberichten zeigen die Autoren der Reihe Reiseabenteuer eine ganz andere Sicht auf verschiedene Lander. Sie erzahlen auf erfrischende Art und Weise von ihren Auslandsaufenthalten, ihren Erfahrungen, Erlebnissen und Begegnungen.Fernab von Daten und FaktenAnders als in gewohnlichen Reisebuchern geht es in den DuMont Reiseabenteuern nicht um nuchterne Zahlen und kurze Hintergrundinformationen. Der Fokus liegt auf den personlichen Erfahrungen des Autors, wie dieser das Land kennengelernt hat und welche Abenteuer dabei erlebt wurden.
Eine groe historische Handelsroute ganz neu erlebt In Bussen, Zugen, klapprigen Taxis und Gelandewagen, auf Eselskarren und Kamelen folgt Colin Thubron dem Verlauf der altesten und beruhmtesten aller historischen Handelsrouten. Im Herzen Chinas beginnend, steigt sie auf in die zentralasiatischen Gebirgsmassive, fuhrt durch Uiguren-Land, durch Usbekistan, Kirgisistan und Afghanistan und zieht sich schlielich durch die weiten Ebenen des Iran und den kurdischen Teil der Turkei bis ins alte Antiochia am Mittelmeer. In sieben Monaten legt Colin Thubron mehr als elftausend Kilometer zuruck. Mit Zahigkeit und bewundernswertem Durchhaltevermogen meistert er die Strapazen seiner geradezu epischen Reise. Den Rucksack nur mit dem Notigsten gefullt, das Geld in einer leeren Flasche Muckenschutzmittel versteckt, Sandsturmen, Schnee und Hitze trotzend, sucht er nach den Spuren einer Jahrtausende alten Geschichte und ist immer und uberall ein sensibler Beobachter, neugieriger Gesprachspartner und glanzender Erzahler, der sich auf die Menschen, denen er begegnet, einlasst und ihre Identitat erspurt. Das Werk zeigt Thubrons tiefe Passion fur die Belange und die Geschichte einer Weltgegend, die uns weithin unbekannt ist. Uber den Autor: Colin Thubron, 1939 in London geboren, gilt in Grobritannien als Gromeister des Travel Writing. Seine literarischen Reisereportagen zum Mittleren Osten, zur ehemaligen Sowjetunion sowie zu Zentralasien und China machten ihn landesweit bekannt. Nach "e;Among the Russians"e;, "e;Behind the Wall. A Journey through China"e;, "e;The Lost Heart of Asia"e; und "e;In Siberia"e; legt Thubron mit "e;Shadow of the Silk Road"e; den Bericht uber seine Reise entlang der historischen Seidenstrae vor. Er gewann mit seinen schriftstellerischen Arbeiten, darunter mehreren Romanen, zahlreiche Preise. Dieses E-Book basiert auf folgender Printausgabe: 1. Auflage 2013 Mehr Informationen, Videos und Bilder unter www.dumontreise.de/reiseabenteuer
Cyprus, spring 1972. Tensions are rising between the Greek South and the Turkish North. Within two years, the country will become divided. It is at this distinctive time in history British travel writer Colin Thubron embarks on a 600 mile trek across the country. Moving from Greek villages to Turkish towns, the author of Shadow of the Silk Road and Night of Fire provides a profound look into the people of Cyprus - from Orthodox monks to wedding parties to peasant families - against the landscape of a beautiful Mediterranean island on the eve of chaos and tragedy. A remarkable quest rich in literature, classics and architecture, Journey Into Cyprus ingeniously intertwines the history and politics of Cyprus and its mythical past with the tumultuous present - from the master of travel books and writing, Colin Thubron. 'An accomplished linguist and historian, his passionate concern for antiquity in all its aspects - mythological, architectural, conceptual - lends weight and warmth to every chapter' Financial Times
Travelling in a battered camping van, Malise Ruthven set out across America in search of the manifestations - often bizarre and sometimes terrifying - of its religious spirit. The journey took him from the dark woods of Puritan New England to neo-Nazi cults in the Rockies; from Mormons and Snake-handlers to fundamentalist groups who challenge the teaching of evolution; from Channellers in California to the sexual and financial scandals surrounding millionaire TV preachers. The Divine Supermarket is his zesty and brilliantly-observed account of the journey, offering illuminating and humorous insights into the quirky soul of modern America.
Edward has lost his short term-memory. He hopes it will return when he sees the cottage in which he lives. He recognizes his overcoat on the hook, his books, the double bed. The mystery however, is Naomi. Edward has no recollection of who she is or why she has left him a love letter. With Thubron's customary clarity he draws a bleak, amnesiac world in which a young man must face again old griefs and linger 'like a coward, just this side of knowing'. On the other side, the memory of a destructive, obsessive relationship looms.
50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR 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.
For four months and five hundred miles Colin Thubron walked the mountains of Lebanon, following tracks and rivers. His journey was not only a survey of a remarkable country, but a quest for the gods and divinities who held the secrets of death and rebirth in the land's ancient cults. He visited almost every place of cultural importance, and lived with the people along his way, recording a country of outstanding natural scenery, rich with a unique medley of races and religions. The Hills of Adonis is both a travel book and a personal journal; for the quest is the search for meaning, a reflection on faith and reason and a poem on the joy and complexity of living.
Marco Polo set off on his travels from Venice as a young man in 1271, and returned home in 1295 after spending 24 years away, 17 of them in China. He isone of the few early adventurers whose name nearly everyone knows. His book was one of the best-loved works of the Middle Ages, and has remained popular ever since. At a time when China is again assuming global importance, his account of China under the Mongol emperor Khubilai Khan - the dazzlingly splendid capital in Beijing, the great southern metropolis of Hangzhou - is a classic reminder of the antiquity of Chinese power and civilization. Marco Polo also portrays countries and cities all along the trade route from the Mediterranean to Mongolia. He reminds us that Iraq's present suffering is not unique by relating the story of the attack on Baghdad by Mongol forces in 1258. He conveys the daunting prospect of the deserts of central Asia and the distant charms of Yunnan. And he reminds us of the huge merchant ships dominating China's trade with foreign countries, ships that far outstripped their European counterparts. He even writes about Japan, the first European to do so. His book was often thought of as a book of marvels, but one of its striking features to a contemporary reader is its clarity, realism and tolerance. As this new edition shows, he sometimes exaggerates, but his reputation for making things up is quite unfair, as Colin Thubron makes clear in his introduction. The original manuscript of Marco Polo's book is lost, and in the many later versions names and other details have become so garbled that it has been said that his itineraries are impossible to follow. This new Everyman edition shows this need not be so. It explains clearly all the references in the book, and shows in detail with new maps the routes described from Venice to Beijing, from Beijing to Burma, and from Beijing to south-east China. It also provides an up-to-date history of the book and the controversies surrounding it.
A journey along the greatest land route on earth, from the master of travel writing Colin Thubron On buses, donkey carts, trains, jeeps and camels, Colin Thubron traces the drifts of the first great trade route out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey. Covering over 7000 miles in eight months Thubron recounts extraordinary adventures - a near-miss with a drunk-driver, incarceration in a Chinese cell during the SARS epidemic, undergoing root canal treatment without anaesthetic in Iran - in inimitable prose. Shadow of the Silk Road is about Asia today; a magnificent account of an ancient world in modern ferment. 'It is hard to think of a better travel book written this century' Times
From the crowd below a journalist watches, as a circus girl performs her strangely daring trapeze act, and is captivated by her beauty, outrageous costumes and exotic make-up in such a way that he finds himself falling helplessly in love with her. But it is from a prison cell that the journalist remembers what happened - a prison like a microcosm of the world outside, where there are those who risk, and those who are self-incarcerated. Exploring the courage to aim beyond human limitation, Falling is an intensely moving story of love and loss.
When a part-time worker in a mental hospital meets his old girlfriend inside he is not sure at first is she is a patient. Their reunion is haunted and haunting, and from the memory of their past affair there unfolds a labyrinth which darkens from romantic obsession to feelings deeper and more disturbing. Colin Thubron creates a world of passion, delusion, and reality mingling with unreality, pervaded by an all-consuming sense of longing and of loss.