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Donald Michael Thomas, known as D. M. Thomas (born 27 January 1935, Redruthmarker, Cornwallmarker, UKmarker) is a Cornish novelist, poet, and translator. He attended Trewirgie Primary School and Redruth Grammar Schoolmarker before graduating with First Class Honours in English from New College, Oxfordmarker in 1959. He lived and worked in Australia and the United Statesmarker before returning to his native Cornwall.

Among his best-known works is his somewhat fantastical novel The White Hotel (1981), the story of a woman undergoing psychoanalysis. Like much of his work, it is not particularly popular in the UKmarker, but has proved very popular in continental Europe and the United States. It has also elicited considerable controversy, as some of its passages are taken from Anatoly Kuznetsov's Babi Yar, a novel about the Holocaust. In general, however, Thomas's use of such "composite material" (material taken from other sources and imitations of other writers) is seen as more postmodern than plagiarist.

In the 1950s, with the West's focus on the Cold War, Thomas studied Russian during his National Service. He never made any military use of it, but retained a lifelong interest in Russian culture and literature. This culminated in a series of well-received translations of Russian poetry in the 1980s.



  • Logan Stone (Cape Goliard, 1971)
  • Orpheus in Hell (Sceptre, 1977)
  • The Flute Player (Gollancz, 1979)
  • Birthstone (Gollancz, 1980)
  • The White Hotel (Viking, 1981)
  • Ararat (Gollancz, 1983)
  • Swallow (Gollancz, 1984)
  • Sphinx (Gollancz, 1986)
  • Summit (Gollancz, 1987)
  • Lying Together (Gollancz, 1990)
  • Flying in to Love (Scribner's, 1992)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition (Bloomsbury, 1993)
  • Eating Pavlova (Carrol and Graf, 1994)
  • Lady with a Laptop (Carrol and Graf, 1996)
  • Memories and Hallucinations (Gollancz, 1998)
  • Charlotte (Duck, 2000)


  • The Honeymoon Voyage (Secker and Warburg, 1978)
  • Dreaming in Bronze (Secker and Warburg, 1981)
  • The Puberty Tree (Bloodaxe Books, 1992)



  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn : A Century in His Life (St. Martins, 1998)


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