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The Hare With Amber Eyes : Illustrated Edition by Edmund de Waal
  

The Hare With Amber Eyes : Illustrated Edition

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Winner of the 'Best of the Best' Adult category at the Independent Bookshop Week Awards 2016.

Winner of the Independent Booksellers' Book Award 2011.

Winner of the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2011.

Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2011.

Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2010.


Costa Book Awards Judges' comment:
"A book that is both highly original and tremendously moving. De Waal's subject matter is fascinating in itself, but what makes the book work so well is the delicacy with which he approaches his task and the emotion he invests within it."

Winner of the Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2010.

This is the definitive illustrated edition of the international bestseller which tells the history of a family through 264 objects, set against a turbulent century, from an acclaimed writer and potter. With gorgeous new photography of the celebrated netsuke collection, and sumptuous full-colour images hand-picked by Edmund de Waal from his family archive of 264 Japanese wood and ivory carvings, none of them bigger than a matchbox.

Synopsis

The Hare With Amber Eyes : Illustrated Edition by Edmund de Waal

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 post-war Tokyo, Edmund de Waal traces the netsuke's journey through generations of his remarkable family against the backdrop of a tumultuous century.


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Reviews

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 *


About the Author

Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal's porcelain is shown in many museum collections round the world and he has recently made installations for the V&A and Tate Britain. He was apprenticed as a potter, studied in Japan and read English at Cambridge. He is Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster and lives in London with his family.

Author photo © Hannah James

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Book Info

Publication date

17th November 2011

Author

Edmund de Waal

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Author's Website

www.edmunddewaal.com/

Publisher

Chatto & Windus

Format

Hardback
432 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
All Shortlists and Winners
The Real World

Biography: general
Carvings: artworks

ISBN

9780701187163

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