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Edmund de Waal

Autor(a) de A Lebre de Olhos de Âmbar

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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 Rothschilds. Yet by the end of 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. mostrar menos
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Obras por Edmund de Waal

A Lebre de Olhos de Âmbar (2010) 3,682 exemplares
Letters to Camondo (2021) 218 exemplares
The Pot Book (2011) 51 exemplares
20th Century Ceramics (2003) 40 exemplares
Bernard Leach (1997) 28 exemplares
Edmund de Waal Library of Exile (2020) 24 exemplares
Edmund de Waal (2014) 22 exemplares
Ceramics (Design Sourcebook) (1999) 12 exemplares
New Ceramic Design (2000) 6 exemplares
Cy Twombly - Photographs (2012) 5 exemplares
Atemwende (2013) 4 exemplares

Associated Works

The Exiles Return (2013) — Prefácio, algumas edições251 exemplares
Japanese Netsuke (2003) — Prefácio — 30 exemplares
The Analog Sea Review: Number Two (2019) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery (2023) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Beethoven moves (2020) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


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It says at the bottom of the front cover "You have in your hands a masterpiece." This is true. Here you have a book that is beautifully conceived, extremely interesting, and very well written.
dvoratreis | 158 outras críticas | May 22, 2024 |
I wanted to like it more. It was great in parts, but somehow, overall, it didn't work for me. Something about the writing -- beautiful, but too vague, too impressionistic. I was disappointed because his The Hare with Amber Eyes is one of my favorites.
In my recent reading over the past few years, I've come upon many histories that talk about the part the French played in the demise of French Jews during World War II. In France, it wasn't just a matter of the French authorities obeying the dictates of the German occupiers. Many of those dictates were gleefully carried out by French police, and Vichy came up with some of the anti-Jewish laws on their own, before being told to do so.
You might think the French were more enlightened than that. You would be wrong.
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dvoratreis | 7 outras críticas | May 22, 2024 |
I am not sure what halted my reading progress, maybe that the book had moved into WWII and the beginning of the Holocaust in Vienna. But once through that section I raced along with fascination on the trail of the netsukes and the warm, intimate revelations of the author as he digs and probes the people and their houses, their travels and collections in the 19th and 20th Centuries. A Russian banking family from Odessa, they set up concerns in Vienna, Paris, London on a par with and sometimes jointly with the Rothschilds and continued to collect art. One uncle was a contemporary of Proust. Another had a fantastic library. Another gifted a palace, artwork and gardens on the Riviera to the French Académie des Beaux Arts. Highly recommended.

One of many favorite quotes:

“Charles bought a picture of some asparagus from Manet, one of his extraordinary small still lifes, where a lemon or rose is lambent in the dark. It was a bundle of twenty stalks bound in straw. Manet wanted 800 francs for it, a substantial sum, and Charles, thrilled, sent 1,000. A week later Charles received a small canvas signed with a simple M in return. It was a single asparagus stalk laid across a table with an accompanying note: ‘This seems to have slipped from the bundle.”
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featherbooks | 158 outras críticas | May 7, 2024 |
I really enjoyed it, though I was left still wanting to know more about the netsuke themselves
cspiwak | 158 outras críticas | Mar 6, 2024 |



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