The Hare With The Amber Eyes

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264 wood and ivory carvings of animals, plants and people, none of them larger than a matchbox; apprentice potter Edmund de Waal was entranced by the collection when he first encountered it in the Tokyo apartment of his great uncle Iggie. When he inherited them, he discovered that they unlocked a story larger than he could have imagined.
When potter Edmund de Waal first came across the 264 minute wood and ivory carvings in the Tokyo apartment of his great uncle Iggie, he was entranced. Later, when Edmund inherited the 'netsuke' carvings, 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.

The Hare with the Amber Eyes is an elegant and 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 tells the story of the unique netsuke collection which passed from hand to hand - and which, in a twist of fate, found its way home to Japan.
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Weight 0.320000
Author Edmund De Waal
Availability IP
Department Travel Writing
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780099539551
Pages 368
Published 27/01/2011
Publisher Vintage
Section Travel Writing: General
Size Unfolded 13x20cm
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