Letters to Camondo by Edmund de Waal audiobook

Letters to Camondo

By Edmund de Waal
Read by Edmund de Waal

Macmillan Audio
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    ISBN: 9781250826053

"With deep appreciation for Camondo's generosity and taste, de Waal takes listeners on a journey they won't forget." -- AudioFile Magazine This program is read by the author A tragic family history told in a collection of imaginary letters to a famed collector, Moise de Camondo Letters to Camondo is a collection of imaginary letters from Edmund de Waal to Moise de Camondo, the banker and art collector who created a spectacular house in Paris, now the Musée Nissim de Camondo, and filled it with the greatest private collection of French eighteenth-century art. The Camondos were a Jewish family from Constantinople, “the Rothschilds of the East,” who made their home in Paris in the 1870s and became philanthropists, art collectors, and fixtures of Belle Époque high society, as well as being targets of antisemitism—much like de Waal's relations, the Ephrussi family, to whom they were connected. Moise de Camondo created a spectacular house and filled it with art for his son, Nissim; after Nissim was killed in the First World War, the house was bequeathed to the French state. Eventually, the Camondos were murdered by the Nazis. After de Waal, one of the world’s greatest ceramic artists, was invited to make an exhibition in the Camondo house, he began to write letters to Moise de Camondo. These fifty letters are deeply personal reflections on assimilation, melancholy, family, art, the vicissitudes of history, and the value of memory. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

"With deep appreciation for Camondo's generosity and taste, de Waal takes listeners on a journey they won't forget." -- AudioFile Magazine This program is read by the author A tragic family history told in a collection of imaginary letters to a famed collector, Moise de Camondo Letters to Camondo is a collection of imaginary letters from Edmund de Waal to Moise de Camondo, the banker and art collector who created a spectacular house in Paris, now the Musée Nissim de Camondo, and filled it with the greatest private collection of French eighteenth-century art. The Camondos were a Jewish family from Constantinople, “the Rothschilds of the East,” who made their home in Paris in the 1870s and became philanthropists, art collectors, and fixtures of Belle Époque high society, as well as being targets of antisemitism—much like de Waal's relations, the Ephrussi family, to whom they were connected. Moise de Camondo created a spectacular house and filled it with art for his son, Nissim; after Nissim was killed in the First World War, the house was bequeathed to the French state. Eventually, the Camondos were murdered by the Nazis. After de Waal, one of the world’s greatest ceramic artists, was invited to make an exhibition in the Camondo house, he began to write letters to Moise de Camondo. These fifty letters are deeply personal reflections on assimilation, melancholy, family, art, the vicissitudes of history, and the value of memory. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Superb…[de Waal] is a wise guide to people and things that are dispersed and are collected.” The Guardian (London)
“[de Waal] has found a way to meditate on exile, migration, and polarization that feels painfully relevant.” Sunday Times (London)
“A sumptuous household museum prompts a reverie on the doomed French-Jewish haute bourgeoisie in this elegiac family history…A rich, Proustian recreation of a lost era.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Beautifully rendered recollections of a distant world…de Waal has created a deeply hued tapestry of a lost time and a poetic meditation on grief, memory, and the fragile consolation of art.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Edmund de Waal

Author Bio: Edmund de Waal

Edmund de Waal is one of the world’s leading ceramic artists, and his porcelain is held in many major museum collections. His bestselling memoir, The Hare with Amber Eyes has been published in thirty languages and won the Costa Biography Award and the RSL Ondaatje Prize. It was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize, the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, the PEN/Ackerley Prize and the Southbank Sky Arts Award for Literature, and longlisted for the Orwell Prize and BBC Samuel Johnson Prize. He lives in London with his family.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 3.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English