The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
- Publication Date:
- 22 January 2011
- Non-graphic Art Forms
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I found this gripping reading. Ostensibly the story of some small Japanese artefacts (netsuke), the book is a fascinating chronicle of a prominent Jewish family who originated in Russia, and spread all over Europe. From Odessa to Paris to Vienna to London to Tokyo and back to Odessa, this is an amazing story, and brings home to the reader the personal side of history that you don't read in the history books. Highly recommended.
This book is written by an artist, a very fine artist of ceramics, and the beauty of his writing is extraordinary. He takes you to Paris, Japan and Vienna, tracing his ancestors and the netsuke's history. Non-fiction at its very best.
Absolutely the best book I have read in a long time. Using the collection of netsuke he inherited as a starting point, the author traces his family history and tells the story of the rise and fall of the Ephrussi dynasty. Much of the book is set in Vienna and, as I currently live in Vienna, I found it absolutely fascinating, particularly as many of the buildings, cafes etc mentioned still stand. This book is both history and biography, with a little mystery thrown in - brilliant!
A family memoir that reads like an adventure novel
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