Der Hase mit den Bernsteinaugen Das verborgene Erbe der Familie Ephrussi Netsuke japanische Miniatur Schnitzereien aus Holz und Elfenbein liegen in der Vitrine des britischen T pfers Edmund de Waal Nachkomme der j dischen Familie Ephrussi aus Odessa Wie sie dorthin

  • Title: Der Hase mit den Bernsteinaugen. Das verborgene Erbe der Familie Ephrussi
  • Author: Edmund de Waal
  • ISBN: 9783423142120
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • 264 Netsuke, japanische Miniatur Schnitzereien aus Holz und Elfenbein, liegen in der Vitrine des britischen T pfers Edmund de Waal, Nachkomme der j dischen Familie Ephrussi aus Odessa Wie sie dorthin kamen, erz hlt dieses Erinnerungsbuch.Vom Paris der Belle poque gelangte die Sammlung ins Wien des Fin de Si cle, aus Tokio in den 1950er Jahren schlie lich nach London Die264 Netsuke, japanische Miniatur Schnitzereien aus Holz und Elfenbein, liegen in der Vitrine des britischen T pfers Edmund de Waal, Nachkomme der j dischen Familie Ephrussi aus Odessa Wie sie dorthin kamen, erz hlt dieses Erinnerungsbuch.Vom Paris der Belle poque gelangte die Sammlung ins Wien des Fin de Si cle, aus Tokio in den 1950er Jahren schlie lich nach London Die Ephrussis, einst an Einfluss und Reichtum den Rothschilds ebenb rtig, erlebten mit dem Anschluss 1938 den Niedergang ihr gesamtes Verm gen fiel der Arisierung zum Opfer Nur die Netsuke wurden jede einzeln in der Sch rze des Dienstm dchens Anna gerettet.Eine Familienchronik, in der sich europ ische Geschichte der letzten hundertf nfzig Jahre spiegelt, eine Wunderkammer, eine brillant geschriebene Erkundung ber Besitz und Verlust, ber das Leben der Dinge und die Fortdauer der Erinnerung The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who burned like a comet in nineteenth century Paris and Vienna society Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox.The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.The netsuke drunken monks, almost ripe plums, snarling tigers were gathered by Charles Ephrussi at the height of the Parisian rage for all things Japanese Charles had shunned the place set aside for him in the family business to make a study of art, and of beautiful living An early supporter of the Impressionists, he appears, oddly formal in a top hat, in Renoir s Luncheon of the Boating Party Marcel Proust studied Charles closely enough to use him as a model for the aesthete and lover Swann in Remembrance of Things Past.Charles gave the carvings as a wedding gift to his cousin Viktor in Vienna his children were allowed to play with one netsuke each while they watched their mother, the Baroness Emmy, dress for ball after ball Her older daughter grew up to disdain fashionable society Longing to write, she struck up a correspondence with Rilke, who encouraged her in her poetry.The Anschluss changed their world beyond recognition Ephrussi and his cosmopolitan family were imprisoned or scattered, and Hitler s theorist on the Jewish question appropriated their magnificent palace on the Ringstrasse A library of priceless books and a collection of Old Master paintings were confiscated by the Nazis But the netsuke were smuggled away by a loyal maid, Anna, and hidden in her straw mattress Years after the war, she would find a way to return them to the family she d served even in their exile.In The Hare with Amber Eyes, Edmund de Waal unfolds the story of a remarkable family and a tumultuous century Sweeping yet intimate, it is a highly original meditation on art, history, and family, as elegant and precise as the netsuke themselves.

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      Edmund de Waal describes himself as a potter who writes His porcelain has been displayed in many museum collections around the world and he has recently made a huge installation for the dome of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London Edmund was apprenticed as a potter, studied in Japan, and read English Literature at Cambridge University The Hare with Amber Eyes , a journey through the history of a family in objects, is his most personal bookcmillan author edmund

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    1. After the first few pages I was wondering whether this wa going to be one I would have to wade through as a noble act of bookclub fidelity. However, its like a walk up a mountain where you are straining up a hill, panting and feeling its your duty and then suddenly you brow the hill and there opening out before you is this great vista and you get a second wind and off you go at a cracking pace. This is exactly what happened with this really clever concept. Edmund de Waal, a potter, traces the hi [...]

    2. I would have enjoyed this book more had I been less familiar with some of the topics tackled during its first half. Namely, the Paris and Vienna of the 1870-1914 period with Impressionism, Japonisme, Proust, circles of Jewish finance and art patrons, Dreyfus affair…and the parallel Building of the Ringstrasse, the Sezession, Psychoanalysis, etc. All this is a bit of a déjà vu (or déjà lu) for me. But Edmund de Waal easily escapes the clichés when he relies on well-known cultural episodes. [...]

    3. At first I thought this book was slow, overly preoccupied with art at the expense of narrative, and becalmed. By the end, the author's view-as-artist illumined the narrative and its characters, who are several past generations of his family. As all the summaries and reviews say, the generation of his great grandfather were a wealthy Jewish banking and grain exporting dynasty in Paris and Vienna and around Europe, and also art collectors and patrons, but in the next generation the family's financ [...]

    4. There are many excellent reasons for reading The Hare with Amber Eyes. Its author, Edmund De Waal, is known to the world as a fine ceramic artist, whose work is widely shown in museums and galleries. He is also an exceptionally fine writer, bringing an artist’s sensibility to this other medium: a meticulous attention to the detail of language, its rhythms and its evocative potential. Read the book for its exhaustive descriptions of interiors, whether bel époque Paris or Wiener Werkstatt Vienn [...]

    5. The concept of tracing the history of a rich Jewish bankers family through the vicissitudes of a collection of Japanese miniature sculptures, is original and interesting. The beginning of the book is a bit slow, but it then comes to life with fascinating descriptions of the Ephrussi in Paris during Impressionism or in Vienna during the first part of the 20th century, ending with dramatic events surrounding the Austrian Anschluss into the German Reich.And yet it is hard to feel much sympathy eith [...]

    6. This was an interesting read and a fascinating account of the journey of a group of netsuke through a family history of about 140 years and several generations. The journey moves from Paris to Vienna, across Europe through Nazism and to Japan.De Waal's family history is fascinating and I was particularly interested in the link to Proust and Great Great Uncle Charles being the model for Swann. The descriptions of furnishings and the decorative aspect of the grand residences are sumptuous. De Waal [...]

    7. "Uma requintada pesquisa em busca de uma família e de um tempo perdidos. A partir do momento em que abrimos o livro entramos na velha Europa, integralmente recriada."Colm TóibínDescobri A Lebre de Olhos de Âmbar numa lista intitulada "22 livros que são diamantes para o cérebro", na qual constam 9 que já tinha lido, em que apenas 3 não considero jóias preciosas porque enfim, não posso gostar de tudoEdmund de Waal é um prestigiado oleiro descendente da família Ephrussi (*). Ao herdar u [...]

    8. Oh my good Lord, what did I do that you put me through the torture of reading that book?Did I like it? No.It is a story of the authors family in a blindly tunnel vision view of how everyone was out to get his Jewish family as they rose to the pinnacle of society in the Austrian empire, survived more or less as well as anyone else did in the 2nd world war and on to his gay uncles exploits in Japan.With such wonderful chapter starters as "It wasn't just Renoir who hated the Jews" (note no justific [...]

    9. Very difficult for me to rate this book. I found a plagiarism (sentence) of George D. Painter's biography of Marcel Proust in de Waal's book, which had me wondering how many other plagiarisms there might be. There is also mention of Peter Altenberg having his mail sent to Café Griensteidl, which is wrong. It was Café Central. This might sound like nitpicking on my part, but when I read a non-fiction book, I want to be able to trust the facts. Also, I wasn't too keen on the literary style of th [...]

    10. I started out giving Hare with Amber Eyes four stars, but as it settled in, I decided to up it to five stars. This is a very special book – de Waal approaches his extraordinary family history as the artist he is, art, paintings, and especially decorative objects and architecture are all infused with his extraordinary visual and tactile sense. I don’t use the word “extraordinary” lightly. From the story's beginnings in the shtetl of Berdishev (where the Ukraine meets Poland – not far f [...]

    11. There is so many 'details' in this family memoir written by an illustrious author/artist. The title of this book is a 'netsuke'. It is one of the many such objects, (small valuable Japanese miniatures), that had semi-practical use in Japan when men wore Kimonos. They became objects of interests after 1854 when Japan was open to the west. A large quantity was shipped to Europe and purchased by collectors. Later other emerging impressionist artist caught on. The focus of this family (pained by ant [...]

    12. I have just finished The hare with amber eyes. I thought it was one of the most stunning books I'd ever read.The language is wonderful. The stories in France where Renoir and Proust just pop in as part of the 'scene' - oh what a feel for Impressionist France - I particularly loved finding out that Charles is that figure in the top hat in the background of Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party- somehow such a small intimate detail of Charles' life has enlivened that painting for me for ever. upl [...]

    13. This is a wonderful blending of history, biography with a sprinkling of art. The Ephrussi were a prominent Jewish family who originated from Odessa Russia. Part of the family emigrated to Paris and another part to Vienna. 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.The netsuke were originally collected by De Waal’s great great uncle Charles and were one of the few [...]

    14. NO SPOILERS!!!ETA: I changed this to two stars. For most of this book I struggled to keep turning the pages. I think it is wrong to judge an entire book by the last 100 pages. Back to two stars, which reflects my feeling for the majority of the book. ********************************************* On completion: So how can I complain so much about a book and then give it 3 stars? (See ETA!) The answer is simple, this is how I felt when I finished the book. I have been discussing this book with Amy [...]

    15. I began this a couple of days ago and I'm entranced. The Hare with Amber Eyes is the history of a collection of miniature 18th Japanese figurines called netsuki and the biography of the various owners of the collection. Already, the first half of the book is proving to be art history of the best kind, accessible and beautifully written, the kind which makes the reader pause and reflect, the kind which urges the reader to find out more about the period, the kind which inspires her to pick up thos [...]

    16. 'How objects are handed on is all about story-telling. I am giving you this because I love you. Or because it was given to me. Because I bought it somewhere special. Because you will care for it. Because it will complicate your life. Because it will make someone else envious. There is no easy story in legacy. What is remembered and what is forgotten?'The author claims, toward the end of this book, to 'no longer know if this book is about my family, or memory, or myself, or is still a book about [...]

    17. A jewelled mirage of a book. The story of a love affair, or rather of several. Can you fall in love with objects? Do they hum and glow with secrets of past times? The key to the Japanese netsuke passed to Edmund de Waal from his great-uncle Iggy is the sensuous pleasure they afford: smooth, small coolness, heavy in the hand for their size. Tactile. Not designed to be gazed at from a respectful distance, but to be picked up and played with. Intimate. Hidden. Edmund de Waal follows the trace of th [...]

    18. Beautifully evocative and elegiac, a history of a family. You know it will not end well, as this family is Jewish and the history begins a few generations before WW II, but de Waal is determined to bring the family to life through his descriptions of their homes, their idiosyncrasies, and above all their passion for art.De Waal traveled to all the places this family had lived, and did his best to walk in the spaces they walked, look out the windows they did, and endeavor to imagine their lives. [...]

    19. Never before have I encountered the word vitrine so often in such a short period, and I hope that I don’t come across it again for a long time. I suppose that’s what I deserve for straying away from the world of fiction. However, The Hare with the Amber Eyes is a book which has won many accolades and is loved by many – I suspect, therefore, that the problem lies somewhere within me rather than with the book. It is by no means a badly written or uninteresting story. Edmund de Waal explores [...]

    20. This is a delicate work detailing rather amazing figurines in some of recent history's more nefarious climates. The settings include Paris of the Dreyfus Affair and Vienna of the early 20th Century, culminating in the terrible Anschluss of 1938.De Waal, himself an artist, is peering backward into time. He explores his family's success, constantly aware of the menace which surrounds such. Pieces of tiny sculptures lie at the heart of this quest. The pieces are Japanese in origin. The author explo [...]

    21. E’ finito in bellezza questo romanzo (se posso definirlo così) iniziato in bellezza e poi persosi nella parte centrale. Ero entusiasta dallo sfolgorante inizio di una storia di oggetti minuscoli e leggeri, i netsuke, creazioni di abili e pazienti artigiani giapponesi, strettamente collegata alla storia degli Ephrussi, famiglia ebrea originaria di Odessa e sparsa per il mondo, da Parigi a Vienna a Tokyo e a Londra; ero affascinata dal connubio tra storia, arte e letteratura che emerge dalla Pa [...]

    22. My, that was exquisite. What a unique and gorgeous and informative and intriguing and special piece of work. A memoir? (No doubt, the author - a remarkable individual in his own right - embarks on a quest and drags the reader along) A family history? (Not just any family. this is the rise and fall of a great (Jewish) dynasty.) A slice of Holocaust history? (and the reminder that, yes, it could have been much worse but, still, the loss. and, again, the loss) A deep dive into an unfamiliar art/cr [...]

    23. E’ un libro splendido. Naturalmente ne consiglio l’edizione con tutto l’apparato iconografico completo. Non è un romanzo, non è un libro d’arte, non è una biografia familiare e neanche un libro storico. Però è un po’ di tutto questo, e forse qualcosa di più. Sulle tracce della storia della collezione di minuscole statuine giapponesi (i “Netsuke”) ereditata da uno zio Viennese, ma inaugurata da un precedente parente a Parigi alla fine dell’800 (Charles Ephrussi, di una famig [...]

    24. If you love history and art—and the melding of the two—that I think you will find it impossible not to be taken with Edmund de Waal's "The Hare with Amber Eyes."To be fair, this is high-brow storytelling. If "The DaVinci Code" is the McDonald's equivalent of a book that incorporates these two themes, then "Amber Eyes" is the four-course French meal complete with palette-cleansing sorbet.The book is a biography of de Waal's inherited collection of more than 200 pieces of Japanese netsuke, sma [...]

    25. This is a fascinating account of an extended family’s collection of netsuke, small Japanese carved objects, as told by a contemporary descendent of the original collector in Paris. The book is extraordinarily well written and is a mirror of times and customs, of social mores and values, of artistic trends and movements. Throughout the work the author weaves themes of art and collecting with social changes. It is a story about immediacy, sensuality, and beauty as well as anguish cased by world [...]

    26. The Hare With Amber Eyes is the beautifully wrought, poetic work of a caretaker. Edmund De Waal, an artist, uses his empathy with objects to reanimate a world of lost time. He employs his tender yet uncompromising eye and tactile senses in letting both lovely Japanese netsuke (tiny, detailed sculpture), and otherwise dry and dusty ledgers and lists tell a fascinating story.De Waal has undertaken the task of tracing the history of 264 netsuke he inherited from his great-uncle Iggie. He lets the j [...]

    27. Beginning this book was like being upgraded to business class on an airplane. I'd just finished a so-so book, and suddenly I opened this to find lush prose, historical scope and a great vocabulary. Thank you.The reader can tell how close this story is to the writer’s heart - tracing his paternal genealogy through the turbulence of Europe in the 1900s, in which his ancestors gained and lost a fortune. De Waal choses to track a collection of netsuke, small Japanese ceramics, from the time his gr [...]

    28. Sono tre stelle che vanno spiegate. La scrittura è decisamente da cinque stelle per quanto mi riguarda; chiara, limpida, decisa e non banale. Le tre stelle però sono assolutamente ed esclusivamente dovute al tema. Mi annoia l'oggettistica, non amo storia dell'arte e in generale preferisco leggere e conoscere di persone più che di cose o di periodi storici. Per questo trovo che le pagine più interessanti del libro siano quando viene raccontata la seconda guerra mondiale, perché i netsuke pas [...]

    29. The edition I read was loaned to me by my friend Wayne to whom it had been gifted as a Christmas present. It is the handsomely produced Illustrated Edition by Chatto and Windus.I dearly wanted to like this work, particularly after all the glowing reviews and its international popularity, but ultimately I was unable to find the sweet-spot that would bring it all together. I did not dislike the work; but I did not like it either. Trying to work out why has not been an easy task. There is no doubt [...]

    30. My father was one of those people who always found things on the ground. Maybe it came from being over 6' tall, but he was always looking at where he was walking. He'd find money in parking lots but mostly what he found were rocks. When he would go hunting with my brother, he would find little stones that he would pick up and bring home. They were never anything special, no gems or geological artifacts, just stones that felt good in the hand. He'd slip them into his pocket, reaching in occasiona [...]

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