De Waal, a world renowned potter and curator, inherited a unique collection of Japanese netsuke and decided to investigate their origins. In this tactilely descriptive memoir he uncovers a rich and tragic family history covering their odyssey from Japan, across the capitals of Europe, back to Japan and Europe once again. He writes with some humor and personality and a fine eye for detail one would expect of such great artist himself. A fascinating and educational read.
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Published: Picador - August 2nd, 2011