Letters to Camondo

Letters to Camondo: ‘Immerses you in another age’ Financial Times

History , General History
Paperback Published on: 02/06/2022
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Letters to Camondo
Unforgettable story of one Jewish family lost.
Letters to Camondo is a unique story written in the form of the letters to a friend. It's s story of Camondo family, their beautiful Museum Nissim de Cam... READ MORE
Zuzanna Skrobacka


Written by means of a series of beautifully composed yet haunting letters to his subject, Edmund de Waal – whose The Hare with the Amber Eyes became a Hatchards sensation – tells the fascinating and tragic story of art collector Count Moise de Camondo and his family living in turn-of-the-century Paris.


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.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529114294
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Weight: 322g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 132 x 16 mm

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