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Eventually the family loses almost everything, scattering across the globe to Mexico, America, Tokyo, and England. There is something precious about this, as though such territory is beneath him. He is wonderful on place, forever turning doorknobs, real and imaginary, and inviting the reader in.

For De Waal it is mainly the material aspect, the tangibility, the feeling in the hand and the fingers, the luster and patina on it, that fascinates him.

Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. It is one of the many such objects, small valuable Japanese miniaturesthat had semi-practical use in Japan when men wore Thd.

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You will recognize the painting when it is shown in the book. The ‘netsukes’ were able to be successfully hidden due to their small size and the help of a loyal household employee. Hardcoverpages. An edict decreed that all Jews had to take new names.

The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal

Here they rest in a beautiful showcase, their journey ended They became objects of interests after when Japan was open to the west. The author desribes how the collection got into his family and what happend haree it over the years. The dreadful atrocities of the Nazis swept hard so many regardl Right off the bat, I am a bit disgusted with the dilettante life of Charles.


Iggie would be reading in his armchair by the window.

Here the grain was stored in his warehouses before being exported across the Black Sea, up the Danube, across the Mediterranean. Iggie was eighty-four and slightly ambwr. Along the way they collected beautiful things including a collection of Netsuke which are miniature decorative figures used to hold a money case in traditional Japanese dress. But this is not just another Holocaust tale, harrowing as that might be.

A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, uare in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. The account of the rise of Nazism, the Anschluss and the dismantling of the family’s fortunes give a clear and frightening first hand account of the horrors of the s and the war.

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal – review

As the I would have enjoyed this book more had I been less familiar with some of the topics tackled during its first half. View all 38 comments. InElisabeth’s brother, Ignace Iggievisited Tunbridge Daal between postings for an international grain exporter.

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It is an ivory carving about what it is like to care into wood. Explore the Home Gift Guide. I found the anti-Semitism of Paris, so long before Hitler, shocking. This is a delicate work detailing rather amazing figurines in some of recent history’s more nefarious climates. In all, this is a very rich and satisfying read. It was so dark. Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles. His bowls and beakers, thrown in porcelain and glazed in qith, are domestic, — in theory, you could fill them with hot tea — but they also exist in a more contemplative realm; arranged in pale lines and marked ce various dents and asymmetries, they whisper a story of limitless but rather fragile possibility.


The cruelty and degradation perpetrated on the family in the ‘s and 40’s was monstrous but prior to that the family themselves struck me as heartless, egocentric libertines. This was a netsuke of a very ripe medlar fruit, mad out of chestnut wood in the late eighteenth century in Edo, the old Tokyo. I have read enjoyed Fermor’s book on his travels acroos Europe by foot. Why send these rather than, say, a vase? And now here I was in Japan ed, in a messy studio next to a man chatting away about baseball, making a porcelain jar with pushed-in, gestural wzal.

Not much was the answer, but a maid, Anna, saved the netsuke from the Nazis, hiding them in her mattress.

He brings the times and people alive along with the art they loved…and then lost.