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THE WHITE ROAD: JOURNEY INTO AN OBSESSION. Edmund de Waal. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2015. 416 pp. with 39 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2015-22207 ISBN 9780374289263 In English.
Publisher's description: 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 covetedFand that would help him understand the clay's mysterious allure. From his studio in London, he starts by travelling to three "white hills"Fsites 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 twentiethFcentury 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 the Amber Eyes (Worldwide 138828), de Waal gives us a singular understanding of "the spectrum of porcelain" and the mapping of desire.
Artist(s):Waal, Edmund de (as author)
Indexing: Western, Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), International (Western Style), Non-Western in Several Regions (Traditional) — Several Periods — Ceramics
Plans: 70,30
Worldwide Number: 168992
Hardcover $27.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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