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 is one of the world’s leading ceramic artists. He is best known for his large scale installations, which are exhibited in many museums around the world. He writes widely on art and ceramics and his bestselling family memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes, has been translated into nearly 30 languages and won many literary prizes.Erica Wagner