The White Road: Journey Into An Obsession by Edmund De WaalThe White Road: Journey Into An Obsession by Edmund De Waal

The White Road: Journey Into An Obsession

byEdmund De Waal

Hardcover | September 29, 2015

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Extraordinary new non-fiction, a gripping blend of history and memoir, by the author of the award-winning and bestselling international sensation, The Hare with Amber Eyes.
     In The White Road, bestselling author and artist Edmund de Waal gives us an intimate narrative history of his lifelong obsession with porcelain, or "white gold." A potter who has been working with porcelain for more than forty years, de Waal describes how he set out on five journeys to places where porcelain was dreamed about, refined, collected and coveted--and that would help him understand the clay's mysterious allure. From his studio in London, he starts by travelling to three "white hills"--sites in China, Germany and England that are key to porcelain's creation. But his search eventually takes him around the globe and reveals more than a history of cups and figurines; rather, he is forced to confront some of the darkest moments of twentieth-century history.
     Part memoir, part history, part detective story, The White Road chronicles a global obsession with alchemy, art, wealth, craft and purity. In a sweeping yet intimate style that recalls The Hare with Amber Eyes, de Waal gives us a singular understanding of "the spectrum of porcelain" and the mapping of desire.
EDMUND DE WAAL is one of the world's leading ceramic artists, and his porcelain is held in many major museum colletions. 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 Quarterl...
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Title:The White Road: Journey Into An ObsessionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.26 × 5.77 × 1.39 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307362108

ISBN - 13:9780307362100

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“[De Waal] blends art history and personal travelogue in this immersive hands-on study of porcelain and its commercial and artistic appeal over the centuries . . . He enlivens his account with portraits of the people whose quirky personalities and entrepreneurial zeal advanced the manufacture of porcelain across Europe . . . A truly remarkable story.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)   “An immensely enjoyable meditation on what happens when the right mix of stone and clay enter the incandescent heat of a kiln . . . Journeying to Jingdezhen, Dresden, South Carolina, and southwest England, de Waal tells the story of determined experimenters who reproduced the magic the Chinese had mastered . . . [A] page-turning account, both sweeping and intimate.” —Library Journal Praise for The Hare with Amber Eyes:"Enthralling.... [de Waal's] essayistic exploration of his family's past pointedly avoids any sentimentality...The Hare with Amber Eyes belongs on the same shelf with Vladimir Nabokov's Speak, Memory." --The Washington Post Book World