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The Hare with Amber Eyes
A Hidden Inheritance
by Edmund De Waal

RRP €14.20

The Hare with Amber Eyes
A Hidden Inheritance
by Author Name Edmund De Waal

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List Price:14.20
Format: Paperback, 198 x 129 x 27mm, 368pp
Publication date: 22 Jan 2011
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN-13: 9780099539551

Dubray Review

The intriguing title of Edmund de Waal's memoir refers to a family heirloom. A Japanese figurine, part of a 264-piece, is virtually all that remains of De Waal's Jewish ancestors - once one of the most powerful families in nineteenth century Europe. Rather than record the fortunes of the Ephrussi family in a straightforward narrative history, de Waal traces their story through the eponymous hare as it is passed down through generations. In Paris, the Ephrussis were patrons of the arts, encountering Proust and Renoir. Such glamour contrasts movingly with their tragic downfall in 1930s Austria and their subsequent scattering to the four corners of the earth. De Waal writes in elegant, controlled and evocative prose, portraying his ancestors with fondness and wit. The book is both a wonderfully detailed cultural history of Europe - a deserving winner of the Costa Book Award for Biography.

Eimear Ryan, Dubray Books Dun Laoghaire

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THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. WINNER OF THE 2010 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD. 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them bigger than a matchbox: Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first encountered the collection in his great uncle Iggie's Tokyo apartment. When he later inherited the 'netsuke', they unlocked a story far larger and more dramatic than he could ever have imagined. From a burgeoning empire in Odessa to fin de siecle Paris, from occupied Vienna to Tokyo, Edmund de Waal traces the netsuke's journey through generations of his remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century. 'You have in your hands a masterpiece' Frances Wilson, Sunday Times. 'The most brilliant book I've read for years...A rich tale of the pleasure and pains of what it is to be human' Bettany Hughes, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year. 'A complex and beautiful book' Diana Athill.

Reviews

"From a hard and vast archival mass...Mr de Waal has fashioned, stroke by minuscule stroke, a book as fresh with detail as if it had been written from life, and as full of beauty and whimsy as a netsuke from the hands of a master carver." The Economist "This remarkable book... a meditation on touch, exile, space and the responsibility of inheritance... like the netsuke themselves, this book is impossible to put down. you have in your hands a masterpiece." -- Frances Wilson The Sunday Times "Few writers have ever brought more perception, wonder and dignity to a family story as has Edmund de Waal in a narrative that beguiles from the opening sentence" -- Eileen Battersby Irish Times "Part treasure hunt, part family saga, Edmund de Waal's richly original memoir spans nearly two centuries and covers half the world" Evening Standard "A book that combines the charm of a personal memoir with the resonance of world history." -- Rosemary Hill The Scotsman

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