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Letters to Camondo

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'Consistently illuminating... considered, compassionate and appreciative... This book is a wonderful tribute to a family and to an idea' - Guardian

A series of letters to the great Jewish collector, Moïse Camondo, addressed from the Camondo archives exploring the Jewish experience in Paris

Count Moise de Camondo lived a few doors away from Edmund de Waal's forebears, the Ephrussi, first encountered in his bestselling memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes. Like the Ephrussi, the Camondos were part of belle epoque high society.

They were also targets of anti-semitism. Camondo created a spectacular house and filled it with the greatest private collection of French eighteenth-century art for his son to inherit. But when Nissim was killed in the First World War, it became a memorial and, on the Count's death, was bequeathed to France.

The Musée Nissim de Camondo has remained unchanged since 1936. Edmund de Waal explores the lavish rooms and detailed archives and uncovers new layers to the family story. In a haunting series of letters addressed to the Count, he tells us what happened next.

Details

  • Author: Edmund de Waal
  • Hardcover: 192 pages 
  • Date published: April 2021
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781784744311
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.1 cm

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