An event of the Zsolnay Verlag in cooperation with the MAK.6:00 p.m.
We invite you to visit the MAK permanent presentation VIENNA 1900 as well as the exhibition SHOWROOM WIENER WERKSTÄTTE. A Dialogue with Michael Anastassiades to get in the mood for the book presentation.
CAMONDO. Eine Familiengeschichte in Briefen (Letters to Camondo)
by Edmund de Waal
After “The Hare with Amber Eyes,” a new masterpiece of memoir literature by Edmund de Waal.
History is not the past, it never stops and unfolds in our hands. This is what Edmund de Waal writes in his new book, which takes him back to the Rue de Monceau in Paris, where his ancestor Charles Ephrussi once tended the famous hare with amber eyes, where Marcel Proust lived in the immediate neighborhood, and where the banker Moïse de Camondo from Constantinople had a palace built that today houses a museum unchanged since 1936. No one just happened to find themselves in this “street of beginnings,” de Waal says, and begins to write imaginary letters to Moïse about the multifaceted relationships of their two families, about assimilation, generosity, private and public life, and again and again about the importance of memory and that there cannot and must not be a “closing line.”
Lilli Hollein, General Director, MAK
Herbert Ohrlinger, Publishing Director, Paul Zsolnay Verlag
Wolfgang Popp, journalist and author
Edmund de Waal, author
An event of the Zsolnay Verlag in cooperation with the MAK.
About the author
Edmund de Waal was born in Nottingham in 1964 and studied in Cambridge. He was Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster and has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Gagosian Gallery in New York, among others. He lives in London. Zsolnay published German-language editions of his internationally acclaimed book The Hare with Amber Eyes. A Hidden Inheritance in 2011, The White Road. A Journey Into Obsession in 2016, and Letters to Camondo in 2021.
About the book
CAMONDO. Eine Familiengeschichte in Briefen, by Edmund de Waal, translated by Brigitte Hilzensauer, 26 euros, ISBN 978-3-552-07257-2, published by Zsolnay Verlag in 2021
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