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  • Published: 17 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448114306
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

The Hare With Amber Eyes

A Hidden Inheritance




An utterly irresistible illustrated edition of the No 1 bestselling and prizewinning memoir, with over 120 full-colour images

The definitive illustrated edition of the international bestseller with gorgeous new photography of the celebrated netsuke collection, and sumptuous full-colour images hand-picked by Edmund de Waal from his family archive

264 Japanese 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 siècle Paris, from occupied Vienna to post-war Tokyo, Edmund de Waal traces the netsuke's journey through generations of his remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century.

This new enhanced ebook is bursting with extra content exclusive to this edition. There are five videos including one of Edmund de Waal discussing the netsuke collection, another of the Paris opera house much frequented by Charles Ephrussi, and a third takes a visit to the sumptuous Palais Ephrussi in Vienna. There is music from Vienna and Tokyo to listen to as you read, a new essay from the author about this illustrated edition, and the full album of Secessionist watercolours painted especially for the family. There is a very moving recording of Edmund de Waal reading the final chapter and lastly, there are the netsuke themselves. Individually animated and intimately displayed, this edition allows each netsuke comes to life, as if you were holding it in the palm of your hand.

  • Published: 17 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448114306
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

About the author

Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal is an artist whose porcelain is exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. His bestselling memoir, The Hare with the Amber Eyes, won the RSL Ondaatje prize and the Costa Biography Award and in 2015 he was awarded the Windham-Campbell prize for non-fiction by Yale University. He lives in London with his family.

www.edmunddewaal.com

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Praise for The Hare With Amber Eyes

You have in your hands a masterpiece

Frances Wilson, Sunday Times

The book not only of the year, but of the decade... A quite enchanting book, to be kept and reread by as many generations as it describes

Michael Howard, TLS

Elegant. Modest. Tragic. Homeric.

Stephen Frears, Guardian, Books of the Year

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, Literary Review

Part treasure hunt, part family saga, Edmund de Waal's richly original memoir spans nearly two centuries... Combines all the charm of a personal memoir with the resonance of world history.

Rosemary Hill, Evening Standard

The most enchanting history lesson imaginable

New Yorker

The most brilliant book I've read for years... A rich tale of the pleasure and pains of what it is to be human

Daily Telegraph

The most enchanting history lesson imaginable

New Yorker

The book not only of the year, but of the decade

Times Literary Supplement

As full of beauty and whimsy as a netsuke from the hands of a master carver

The Economist

A meditation on touch, exile, space and the responsibility of inheritance... You have in your hands a masterpiece

Sunday Times

Few writers have ever brought more perception, wonder and dignity to a family story as has Edward de Waal

Irish Times

An intensely personal meditation on art, history and family, told in prose as elegant and precise as the netsuke themselves.

London Review of Books

A writer of great elegance and insight... De Waal tells this story with consummate style and erudition... Engrossing

Daily Telegraph

A complex and beautiful book

Literary Review

The most beautiful book I've read this year

Daily Telegraph

The book not only of the year, but of the decade... a quite enchanting book, to be kept and reread by as many generations as it describes.

Times Literary Supplement

Both the story he uncovers and the objects he describes are fascinating and startling

Financial Times

A brilliantly constructed picture of vanished worlds

Mail on Sunday

A book of astonishing originality

Evening Standard

The perfect book, one you feel compelled to give to everyone... to share with them this treasure

Vogue

An exquisitely described search for a lost family and a lost time. From the moment you open the book you are in an old Europe fully re-created

Irish Times

Unexpectedly combines a micro craft-form with macro history to great effect

Guardian

The best book of the year... a memorable account, written with exemplary modesty

Spectator

Elegant. Modest. Tragic. Homeric.

Guardian

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