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The Hare with Amber Eyes - A Family's Century of Art and Loss

Edmund de Waal

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

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
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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

Language:

English

Narrators:

Micheal Maloney

Length:

10h 40m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

34:44


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

23:10


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

10:39


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

12:21


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

22:05


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

12:42


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

09:07


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

07:21


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

18:43


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

15:41


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

13:12


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

22:59


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

18:36


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

09:07


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

22:50


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

11:19


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

16:56


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

19:26


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

06:19


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

17:13


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

45:47


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

19:03


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

17:57


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

24:15


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

21:10


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

22:54


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

17:02


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

14:41


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

13:16


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

11:46


Part 4, Chapter 30
Part 4, Chapter 30

15:27


Part 4, Chapter 31
Part 4, Chapter 31

18:41


Part 4, Chapter 32
Part 4, Chapter 32

12:12


Part 4, Chapter 33
Part 4, Chapter 33

15:31


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

03:56


Part 5, Chapter 35
Part 5, Chapter 35

04:21


Part 5, Chapter 36
Part 5, Chapter 36

16:59


Part 5, Chapter 37
Part 5, Chapter 37

12:35


Part 5, Chapter 38
Part 5, Chapter 38

07:49


Part 5, Chapter 39
Part 5, Chapter 39

00:13