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    Description264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox: potter Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in the Tokyo apartment of his great uncle Iggie. Later, when Edmund inherited the 'netsuke', they unlocked a story far larger than he could ever have imagined...The Ephrussis came from Odessa, and at one time were the largest grain exporters in the world; in the 1870s, Charles Ephrussi was part of a wealthy new generation settling in Paris. Marcel Proust was briefly his secretary and used Charles as the model for the aesthete Swann in Remembrance of Things Past. Charles' passion was collecting; the netsuke, bought when Japanese objects were all the rage in the salons, were sent as a wedding present to his banker cousin in Vienna. Later, three children - including a young Ignace - would play with the netsuke as history reverberated around them. The Anschluss and Second World War swept the Ephrussis to the brink of oblivion. Almost all that remained of their vast empire was the netsuke collection, smuggled out of the huge Viennese palace (then occupied by Hitler's theorist on the 'Jewish Question'), one piece at a time, in the pocket of a loyal maid - and hidden in a straw mattress. In this stunningly original memoir, Edmund de Waal travels the world to stand in the great buildings his forebears once inhabited. He traces the network of a remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century. And, in prose as elegant and precise as the netsuke themselves, he tells the story of a unique collection which passed from hand to hand - and which, in a twist of fate, found its way home to Japan.


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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: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780701184179
    ISBN 10: 0701184175
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    DC22: 736.68092
    Illustrations note
    30 b/w integrated
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    CHATTO & WINDUS
    Publication date
    03 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Edmund de Waal's porcelain is shown in many museum collections round the world and he has recently made installations for the V&A and Tate Britain. He was apprenticed as a potter, studied in Japan and read English at Cambridge. He is Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster and lives in London with his family.