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    DescriptionAn" 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 pots--which are then sold, collected, and handed on--he 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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    Title
    The Hare with Amber Eyes
    Subtitle
    A Hidden Inheritance
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Edmund de Waal
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 354
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780312569372
    ISBN 10: 0312569378
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY
    BIC subject category V2: BGFA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AGB
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: ACX
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL3, ACBP
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Libri: ENGM1075
    BISAC V2.8: BIO013000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ERLY20
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    BISAC V2.8: BIO002000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BIO001000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 20
    BISAC V2.8: ARC006000, ART019000
    B&T Approval Code: A02800000, A04502000
    Libri: JUDE2010
    BISAC V2.8: ART015100
    Libri: ERIN2030
    DC22: 909/.0492400922
    LC classification: HG1552.E64 D49 2011
    LC subject heading: , , , , , , ,
    DC21: 909.04924009
    BISAC V2.8: ART045000
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    St Martin's Press
    Imprint name
    St Martin's Press
    Publication date
    02 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Edmund de Waal's porcelain has been displayed in many museum collections around the world, and he has recently made an installation for the dome of the Victoria and Albert Museum. He was apprenticed as a potter, studied in Japan, and studied English at Cambridge. He is Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster and lives in London with his family.
    Review quote
    "A family memoir written with a grace and modesty that almost belie the sweep of its contents: Proust, Rilke, Japanese art, the rue de Monceau, Vienna during the Second World War. The most enchanting history lesson imaginable." --"The New Yorker" "An extraordinary history...A wondrous book, as lustrous and exquisitely crafted as the netsuke at its heart." --"The" Christian Science Monitor"""A lovely, gripping book." --"The Wall Street Journal""Enthralling . . . [de Waal's] essayistic exploration of his family's past pointedly avoids any sentimentality . . . "The Hare with Amber Eyes "belongs on the same shelf with Vladimir Nabokov's "Speak, Memory."" --Michael Dirda, "The Washington Post Book World""This is a book Sebald would have loved." --"The Irish Times""At one level [Edmund de Waal] writes in vivid detail of how the fortunes were used to establish the Ephrussis' lavish lives and high positions in Paris and Vienna society. And, as Jews, of their vulnerability: the Paris family shaken by turn-of-the century anti-Semitism surging out of the Dreyfus affair; the Vienna branch utterly destroyed in Hitler's 1937 Anschluss . . . At a deeper level, though, "Hare" is about something more, just as Marcel Proust's masterpiece was about something more than the trappings of high society. As with "Remembrance of Things Past," it uses the grandeur to light up interior matters: aspirations, passions, their passing; all in a duel, and a duet, of elegy and irony." --Richard Eder, "The Boston Globe ""Absorbing . . . In this book about people who defined themselves by the objects they owned, de Waal demonstrates that human stories are more powerful than even the greatest works of art." --Adam Kirsch, "The New Republic ""Delicately constructed and wonderfully nuanced . . . There are many family memoirs whose stories are as enticing as Edmund de Waal's. There are few, though, whose raw material has been crafted into quite such an engrossing and exquisite