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

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
Subtitle A Hidden Inheritance
Author Edmund de Waal
Publisher Picador
Title First Published 02 August 2011
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 368 p.
ISBN-10 0312569378
ISBN-13 9780312569372
Publication Date 02 August 2011
Main content page count 368
Weight 16 oz.

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