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Amazon best of the Month, September 2010: on the center of Edmund de Waalcff0478#39;s strange and swish family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, is a one-of-a-type inherited selection of ornamental jap carvings known as netsuke. The netsuke are tiny and tactile--they sit within the palm of your hand--and de Waal is interested in them as "small, tricky explosions of exactitude." Hecff0478#39;s additionally interested in the tale in the back of them, and for years he set aside his personal work as a global-renowned potter and curator to uncover the wealthy and tragic family history of which the carvings are some of the few concrete legacies. De Waalcff0478#39;s family was once the Ephrussis, wealthy Jewish grain investors who branched out from Russia across the capitals of Europe before seeing their empire destroyed via the Nazis. beginning with his artwork gourmet ancestor Charles (a model for Proustcff0478#39;s Swann), who acquired the netsuke all through the ecu rage for Japonisme, de Waal traces the collection from Japan to Europe--where they were stored from the brutal forms of the Nazi Anschluss within the wallet of a family servant--and again to Japan and Europe again. all over, he writes with a tricky, funny, and stylish attention to element and character that does full justice to the exactitude of the little carvings that first roused his curiosity. --Tom Nissley

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The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal


An Economist guide of the 12 months       

Costa guide Award Winner for Biography    

Galaxy national guide Award Winner (New creator of the 12 months Award)

Edmund de Waal is a global-well-known ceramicist. Having spent thirty years making beautiful pots—that are then sold, collected, and handed on—he has a particular feel of the secret lives of items. while he inherited a selection of 264 tiny jap picket and ivory carvings, referred to as netsuke, he sought after to understand who had touched and held them, and how the collection had managed to live on.

And so begins this extraordinarily moving memoir and detective story as de Waal discovers each the tale of the netsuke and of his family, the Ephrussis, over 5 generations. A nineteenth-century banking dynasty in Paris and Vienna, the Ephrussis were as wealthy and revered because the Rothchilds. yet via the end of the sector battle II, when the netsuke were hidden from the Nazis in Vienna, this selection of very small carvings was once all that remained in their huge empire.

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writer: Edmund de Waalpublisher: PicadorBinding: PaperagainLanguage: EnglishPages: 368

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