Edmund de Waal: The Exiles Return
Edmund de Waal
The ceramicist and acclaimed author of The Hare With The Amber Eyes turns a new page in his family’s story. He came to Jewish Book Week to present his grandmother’s novel, The Exiles Return. Elisabeth de Waal’s book follows four exiles as they return to Vienna in the early 1950s, 15 years after their escape. The publication marks 75 years since the Anschluss.
As an artist working in ceramics much of Edmund de Waal’s recent work has been concerned with ideas of collecting and collections: how objects are kept together, lost, stolen or dispersed. His memoir of the migrations of his ancestors, the Ephrussis, from Odessa to Paris, Vienna to Tokyo and Tunbridge Wells became an international best-seller in 2010 and has been translated into more than 20 languages.
Edmund de Waal OBE is an internationally acclaimed artist and writer, best known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels, often created in response to collections and archives or the history of a particular place. His interventions have been made for diverse spaces and museums worldwide, including The Frick Collection, New York; Ateneo Veneto, Venice; Schindler House, Los Angeles; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna and V&A Museum, London. De Waal is also renowned for his bestselling family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010), and The White Road (2015). He was made an OBE for his services to art in 2011 and awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction by Yale University in 2015. He lives and works in London.Erica Wagner