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The Hare With Amber Eyes

The Hare With Amber Eyes

The Hare With Amber

  • Page 2 and 3: The Hare with Amber Eyes A HIDDEN I
  • Page 4 and 5: Part Three Vienna, Kövesces, Tunbr
  • Page 6 and 7: Published by Chatto & Windus 2010 2
  • Page 8 and 9: ISBN 9780701184179 The Random House
  • Page 10 and 11: THE HARE WITH AMBER EYES 264 wood a
  • Page 12 and 13: ‘Even when one is no longer attac
  • Page 18 and 19: PREFACE In 1991 I was given a two-y
  • Page 20 and 21: wheel. I had been making pots since
  • Page 22 and 23: folk crafts of Yanagi Soetsu. Yanag
  • Page 24 and 25: warmer than others. I would bend do
  • Page 26 and 27: Iggie with the netsuke collection i
  • Page 28 and 29: house in Czechoslavakia. His mother
  • Page 30 and 31: smiling, complicit, they told me th
  • Page 32 and 33: was a relief. I came back to Tokyo
  • Page 34 and 35: There are 264 netsuke in this colle
  • Page 36 and 37: underneath the carvings. There are
  • Page 38 and 39: through my fingers. I realise how m
  • Page 40 and 41: oathouse roof. There were endless s
  • Page 42 and 43: And I’m not entitled to nostalgia
  • Page 44 and 45: simple object, this cup that is mor
  • Page 46 and 47: annotated by my grandmother sometim
  • Page 48: PARIS 1871-1899
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    Corinthian pilasters rising up to p

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    windows and the balconies on which,

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    Michel and Maurice, and two daughte

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    in the city centre, and for ten yea

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    Their house may have been finished,

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    One could give it a French name, bu

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    iche, newly arrived. This is the wo

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    Gustave Caillebotte,Le Pont de l’

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    They visit Breughel’s Hunters in

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    cut out for the life of the Bourse.

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    ambiguous, vulnerable creature turn

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    embarrassed return to being sixteen

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    sculptured figures in black-and-whi

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    myself starting to relax into Charl

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    3. ‘A MAHOUT TO GUIDE HER’ It i

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    the lengths of the stirrups in the

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    conversing so softly and intensely

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    and the best art library in Paris,

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    soirées, the salons and receptions

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    4. ‘SO LIGHT, SO SOFT TO THE TOUC

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    of porcelain and lacquer ware, want

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    oxes together for their parallel co

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    One kept oneself informed about new

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    diplomats and the odd prince - thei

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    about art.’ For these early colle

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    his burgundy Renaissance hangings a

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    has discovered that Marie Antoinett

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    everything exists in a dream of end

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    5. A BOX OF CHILDREN’S SWEETS To

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    one was almost overwhelmed by a wea

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    intoxication of hunting and buying,

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    day, Mr Philippe Sichel approached

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    old man horribly embarrassed by a c

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    The chance to pass round a small an

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    Three toads on a leaf A monkey and

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    Did he just happen to be there at S

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    to matter. And in this journey towa

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    Charles’s vitrine is a threshold.

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    Renoirs, the Parisienne with red li

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    perfect uniform of rabbinical black

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    signs off with ‘good wishes to th

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    8. MONSIEUR ELSTIR’S ASPARAGUS I

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    history and dogged in research. Wha

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    impossible to distinguish or unders

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    Charles bought a picture of some as

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    desk. And his neighbouring tapering

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    the air, deliberately ignoring indi

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    centre of the setting. He is not al

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    uncompromisingly, without comment,

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    somewhere in the background, on the

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    long enough as a potter to know tha

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    e moving on, looking for new sensat

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    painter who has never even learnt h

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    There is a hugely popular poster of

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    neighbours, the Camondo brothers an

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    than as secretaries, and I wonder a

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    10. MY SMALL PROFITS It wasn’t ju

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    apologist of Zionism, always eager

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    newspaper, the endless pamphlets in

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    - Is it true that you soon have to

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    look at how the Ephrussi lived, sug

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    Paris . . .’ This is recounted as

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    secure. The bachelor brothers’ ho

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    of tapestries depicting children’

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    feel that Charles is becoming grand

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    Schlumberger, etc. Mme Léon Fould

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    impugned: by supporting Dreyfus the

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    and Hellenist from a prominent Jewi

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    Haas. He was an older man, neither

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    actual pictures. The visual texture

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    greatly appreciated, and where he h

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    punctilious in his duties at the Ga

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    Part Two

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    12. DIE POTEMKINISCHE STADT In Marc

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    nowhere that I can lean against a w

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    and can breathe. Except that it is

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    Renaissance style, steps sweeping u

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    to match. I realise that I am going

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    uildings opposite the Palais Ephrus

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    The whole so-called Jewish Question

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    anks. The press, the theatre, liter

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    13. ZIONSTRASSE When the netsuke ar

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    lock of buildings for the bank. And

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    aised to the nobility; he was now T

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    The walls are divided into panels,

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    neighbours would ever see socially.

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    towards the building site where the

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    historian. Indeed, in ‘his’ caf

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    after dinner, a life immured in mar

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    windowed house of the German farmer

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    Jewish anxiety: ‘Can it be consid

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    argued that the nature of the age

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    I can believe this. Anna seems to h

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    this was just the start. Viktor als

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    love with Viktor. Alongside appropr

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    Emmy was shown round her new apartm

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    The great glass case of beautiful t

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    can quote great sections of The Hun

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    feathers. Before and after marriage

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    the dates 1878 and 1903. It is clos

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    Pips playing the piano. An image fr

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    16. ‘LIBERTY HALL’ I feel confi

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    two black carriage horses, Rinalda

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    the age of fifty-five. The notice i

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    Soon after visiting Paris - much em

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    when there are lots of children in

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    were discussing Modernism over thei

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    Does assimilation mean that they ne

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    17. THE SWEET YOUNG THING Elisabeth

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    lack and red, like Ignace’s great

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    perceptible widening of the space b

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    green velvet-lined shelves. Emmy ha

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    Emmy and the Archduke, Vienna, 1906

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    Emmy was dressed, Herr Schuster was

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    Rosenkavalier with its text by Hofm

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    the Palais Ephrussi, 1900 Sex is in

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    Koromla, circa 1900. There is much

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    18. ONCE UPON A TIME The children i

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    est of all, Beauty and the Beast wi

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    the Volksgarten. Or with pedlars. L

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    chooses her jewellery and stands in

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    You could arrange them by colour, a

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    hands. He is the expert, the writer

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    The netsuke are no longer part of s

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    point that I am beginning to obsess

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    the Ephrussi, background noise to g

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    women who sell thin slips of kindli

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    from great-aunts. They can hear the

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    20. heil wien! heil berlin! The cen

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    support for Austria against Serbia,

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    On 28th July Austria declares war o

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    his Fünf Gesänge; Hofmannsthal pu

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    There were lots of proclamations th

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    German with their father. They know

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    with geometry proofs. Today they ha

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    into the cellars - barrel-vaulted -

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    photograph of Emmy this spring. She

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    hailing friends, hoped-for assignat

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    morning-room. She is very good. Igg

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    the battle. Kraus, splenetic at thi

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    given a dark-green book of poems wr

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    cream. In September there is a shoo

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    long-dead eldest son, the suicide R

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    Ostjude, Galician, Jew. In March Em

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    with her best friend Fanny. Fanny L

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    pregnant. It is in this spring that

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    een inscribed in blue ink. It is ho

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    since Iggie was born, eighteen year

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    were posters and placards, leaflets

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    on the streets - men trembling and

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    Hapsburg Emperor. The Ephrussi now

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    Bummel, and Jewish and socialist st

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    head of practically all industries?

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    last of your possessions into its b

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    Bank (a predecessor of the Deutsche

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    polar opposites. You keep this silv

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    Elisabeth had chosen to study philo

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    pencilled rushes. Rilke was the gre

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    correspond, the twenty-year-old stu

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    disappointed ladies’, to borrow J

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    lights were extinguished one by one

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    got the time wrong for their meetin

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    grandmother’s books of poems are

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    often. These are hard years for Emm

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    and the great floor of the Palais i

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    Vienna from Fanny’s gallery. I ha

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    Votivkirche would choose to do that

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    ight pass somewhere, three young th

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    ‘preventive detention’. The lar

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    All those dressing-up games with Gi

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    Iggie’s invitation, 1936 For Doro

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    Iggie was one of many. His minute a

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    one every week without fail, each o

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    ut with her heart problem she is qu

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    Part Three

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    24. ‘an ideal spot for mass march

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    puts the tray on the library table

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    street, push through these swirling

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    animals in malachite from mantelpie

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    All across Vienna doors are broken

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    straightening pictures, trying to g

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    prevents him speaking for minutes o

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    parties, has left already: it takes

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    the window of his flat when he sees

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    25. ‘A NEVER-TO-BE-REPEATED OPPOR

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    Searching. Searching means this: ev

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    and very dark, and an opaque window

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    moment when home is with you and is

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    keeper of medals, is made the Direc

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    And in a letter from (initials ille

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    Library. Here the books are picked

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    Ostmark, the eastern region of the

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    of the destruction of the enemies o

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    details of a marriage. I look throu

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    Ministry to prove that they do not

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    cousins. He cannot sit on a public

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    and Viktor and their four children.

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    Viktor and Emmy at Kövesces, 18th

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    to police stations and will be retu

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    eautiful and funny and angry woman

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    for friends and relatives who can

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    27. THE TEARS OF THINGS Viktor live

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    on the 8.18 and was involved in hel

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    Iggie during the Normandy campaign,

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    of typhus; and Jenö, Gentile, was

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    nerve, in the solar plexus probably

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    smashed: a bomb had landed on the b

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    might know more. A corporal is sent

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    ticked off. After the silver it was

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    since they had arrived from Japan t

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    imprecations against the carelessne

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    to the parapet above the caryatids

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    winded to find that Louise’s hous

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    have asked. She was, simply, Anna.

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    expecting out of Austria: ‘You di

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    about this. He wrote in April 1945:

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    document with its initials illegibl

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    Aryanised. It was believed that the

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    It was after supper. The boys had d

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    TOKYO 1947-1991

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    All but a handful of buildings were

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    convention. Sensitivity and manners

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    the twelve-hour day in factories sh

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    decommissioned men still in their u

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    at their lipstick, their clothes an

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    veterans begging on the streets, un

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    monks, craftsmen and beggars, but h

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    intriguing than to see how the Amer

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    house. He was forty-two and had liv

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    local market, the bicycle-repair ma

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    For right in the centre of this hou

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    funerals. Five heraldic motifs on n

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    of etiolated figures and horses by

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    were to be together for forty-one y

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    that specialised in river trout one

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    Tokyo looking out across a bed of c

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    was selling ‘cheap Japanese bric-

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    harvest of yen, Japanese families,

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    substantial. But they display their

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    owls and cups stacked on shelves al

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    described his memories of them as a

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    33. THE REAL JAPAN By the early 196

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    de Tokyo and, best of all, La Peste

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    you drink green tea from choice? Ge

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    doughy white bread that had been ma

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    understand money, I see him in a si

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    evening drinks. The ground falls aw

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    house. ‘I couldn’t bear Nixon

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    gone into the depths of the mountai

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    eyes by the younger Toyokazu of the

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    TOKYO, ODESSA, LONDON 2001- 2009

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    to ask him more about his life with

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    declaration of surrender.’ We tal

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    the Greek islands. He speaks Greek,

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    severe and Doric. Each view is cali

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    in which to conduct your business.

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    steamship company since the Revolut

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    endowments from Charles and Jules a

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    longer know if this book is about m

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    oys left Odessa to get their educat

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    37. YELLOW/GOLD/RED As I fly home f

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    kill, I sit with my notebooks and a

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    that gives me pause: why should eve

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    circulation in the Hindu Kush in th

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    one. Because my work as a potter is

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    I put some of the netsuke out on di

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    I would like to thank Giselle de Bo

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    Victor de Waal and to Jiro Sugiyama

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    Table of Contents Cover Title Copyr

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