The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance


By (author) Edmund de Waal

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  • Publisher: CHATTO & WINDUS
  • Format: Hardback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 226mm x 38mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 17 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0701187166
  • ISBN 13: 9780701187163
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Edition statement: Illustrated edition
  • Illustrations note: 120 full colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 16,119

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This is the definitive illustrated edition of the international bestseller with gorgeous new photography of the celebrated netsuke collection, and sumptuous full-colour images hand-picked by Edmund de Waal from his family archive 264 Japanese wood and ivory carvings, none of them bigger than a matchbox: Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in his great-uncle Iggie's Tokyo apartment. When he later inherited the 'netsuke', they unlocked a story far larger and more dramatic than he could ever have imagined. From a burgeoning empire in Odessa to fin de siecle Paris, from occupied Vienna to post-war Tokyo, Edmund de Waal traces the netsuke's journey through generations of his remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century.

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Author information

Edmund de Waal is one of the world's leading ceramic artists, and his porcelain is held in many major museum collections. His bestselling memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes won the Costa Biography Award and the RSL Ondaatje Prize. It was also shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize, the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, the PEN/Ackerley Prize and the Southbank Sky Arts Award for Literature. It was longlisted for the Orwell Prize and BBC Samuel Johnson Prize. Edmund was named New Writer of the Year at the 2010 Galaxy National Book Awards.

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"You have in your hands a masterpiece" -- Frances Wilson Sunday Times "The book not only of the year, but of the decade... A quite enchanting book, to be kept and reread by as many generations as it describes" -- Michael Howard TLS "Elegant. Modest. Tragic. Homeric." -- Stephen Frears Guardian, Books of the Year "The most brilliant book I've read for years... A rich tale of the pleasure and pains of what it is to be human" -- Bettany Hughes Daily Telegraph Books of the Year "A complex and beautiful book" -- Diana Athill Literary Review