Letters To Camondo

by Edmund De Waal

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    Biography

    Hardback

    9781784744311

    Published by Chatto & Windus

    Published April 2021

    14.99 Owl loyalty points

    63 rue de Monceau, Paris. Dear friend, As you may have guessed by now, I am not in your house by accident.I know your street rather well.

    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 Musee 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.

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