The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

By: de Waal, Edmund

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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 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.

Title: The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance

Author Name: de Waal, Edmund

Categories: Biography,

Publisher: Vintage: 2011-01-27

ISBN Number: 0099539551

ISBN Number 13: 9780099539551

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Used: Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Paperback

Size: 19 to 25 cm tall, Octavo, (8vo)

Seller ID: 138397

Description: Illustrated in monochrome. 354 pages. Robust packaging. 1st class post to the UK, Airmail worldwide