Reviews

Edmund de Waal on his family’s Holocaust nightmare

By Louise Carpenter, The Times Magazine
17 April 2021

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In deepest lockdown, when south London was shuttered and empty, behind a nondescript door of a former munitions factory, the potter and writer Edmund de Waal was working in a possessed frenzy of creativity.

Book of the Week

By Nicholas Wroe, The Guardian

15 April 2021

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A superb, sensitive account. From Proust and Parisian riches to the horror of the Holocaust ... this companion study to The Hare With Amber Eyes is the skilfully told story of a family’s collection of art objects.

Letters to Camondo by Edmund de Waal

Ian Thomson, Evening Standard

20 April 2021

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Edmund de Waal’s haunting account of a Parisian collector and the fate of his Jewish family during the German occupation of France combines ghastly drama with domestic detail, in a jewel-like amalgam of history and personal reflection that absorbs from start to finish.

Magical, imaginary letters coloured with inspiration

By Carmel Bird, The Australian

6 May 2021

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Edmund de Waal is an archivist of a miraculously precise and ­poetic kind.

Mon cher Monsieur

By Julian Barnes, London Review of Books
22 April 2021

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De Waal is a deep insider writing a series of familiar and familial letters to Moïse de Camondo, addressing him as ‘Friend’, ‘Dear friend’, ‘Monsieur’, ‘Cher Monsieur’, ‘Mon cher Monsieur’ and even ‘Monsieur le Comte’. His manner is softly prowling, whether inside or outside the house and its archives; his tone is intimate, melancholic, speculative, at times whimsical.

Letters to Camondo and The House of Fragile Things

By Jackie Wullschläger, The Financial Times

8 April 2021

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Two books offer intimate yet contrasting histories of Jewish art collectors in fin-de-siècle and early 20th-century France

Two books offer intimate yet contrasting histories of Jewish art collectors in fin-de-siècle and early 20th-century France

After Hours in the Museum

By Gillian Tindall, Literary Review
April 2021

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Edmund de Waal is an internationally known potter, but through investigative energy and a sense of obligation he has also become the chronicler of his Jewish ancestors... in Letters to Camondo, he explores a more distant family connection, casting the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris as a symbol of both achievement and transience.

Letters to Camondo, by Edmund de Waal

By Allan Massie, The Scotsman

12 April 2021

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Everyone who bought, read and loved Edmund de Waal’s first book.,The Hare With Amber Eyes, will find equal interest and delight in Letters to Camondo. It is a beautiful and fascinating book, even if its last pages are painful and depressing.

The tragedy of Jewish art collectors in pre-war Paris

The Economist

10 April 2021

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Three books portray a glittering, doomed world.