what is The Hare with Amber Eyes
Is it “a masterpiece” (Sunday Times), “the most enchanting history lesson imaginable” (The new Yorker), “the perfect book” (Vogue), a “tale of a family heirloom that misses the bigger picture” (The Guardian), or “too much, too little” (some random Amazon reviewer)? well, short of reading the book yourself, the best way to find out is to hear the author discuss the book live. and, next Monday, you will have just such an opportunity, as Edmund de Waal will be presenting a multimedia event about his memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
Edmund de Waal is a noted English ceramicist whose book journeys back in history to track the fortunes and tragedies of his Euphrussi family forebears. Readers are introduced to banking barons, magnanimous art patrons, and the glittering world of Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. However, the journey also explores the loss and sadness of WWII Austria, a time during which the prominent Jewish banking family did not fare well. but more than just another mid-century memoir, the family’s history is interwoven with the fate of a set of Japanese netsuke figurines that were originally collected by Charles Ephrussi in Paris in the late-1800s and now sit on the shelf of Edmund de Waal. The Hare with Amber Eyes has garnered significant acclaim, debuting on the new York Times paperback list at #20 and at #14 on the Indie National Bestseller list.
Seattle Asian Art Museum // Volunteer Park // September 26 // 7pm // Free