The Library of Exile
Edmund de Waal
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Prize-winning author and artist Edmund de Waal talks about his library of exile.
“This library celebrates the idea that all languages are diasporic, that we need other people’s words, self-definitions and re-definitions in translation.” Edmund de Waal
Edmund’s library comprises more than 2,000 volumes in almost all the languages of the world, written by exiled authors from antiquity to the present day. It has been exhibited in Venice and Dresden and will open at the British Museum in March 2020.
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.