The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance Author Edmund de Waal
ISBN-10 0312569378
ISBN-13 9780312569372
Year 2011-08-02
Pages 354
Language English
Publisher Picador
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An Economist Book of the Year Costa Book Award Winner for Biography Galaxy National Book Award Winner New Writer of the Year Award Edmund de Waal is a world famous ceramicist Having spent thirty years making beautiful potswhich are then sold collected and handed onhe has a particular sense of the secret lives of objects When he inherited a collection of 264 tiny Japanese wood and ivory carvings called netsuke he wanted to know who had touched and held them and how the collection had managed to survive And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers both the story of the netsuke and of his family the Ephrussis over five generations A nineteenth century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna the Ephrussis were as rich and respected as the Rothchilds Yet by the end of the World War II when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna this collection of very small carvings was all that remained of their vast empire

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