The Hare with Amber Eyes
Edmund de Waal
The internationally acclaimed ceramicist, Edmund de Waal, retraced the history of his family through an inherited collection of netsuke – tiny Japanese figurines. He spoke here to James Harding about the painstaking journey he unwittingly embarked upon. He evoked vanished worlds – whether 19th century Paris or 20th Vienna – exquisitely, conveying the horrors of the destruction of cosmopolitan Europe and exploring the relationship between collectors and their collections.
Edmund de Waal is the author of The Hare with Amber Eyes, winner of the New Writer of the Year at The Galaxy Book Awards and shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award for His ceramics are exhibited worldwide and he has a new installation of 425 pieces in the V&A’s cupola.
James Harding is Editor of The Times. Speaking 5 languages, he opened the FT’s Shanghai Bureau in 1996, having worked for the Japan unit of the European Commission. He is the author of Alpha Dogs.