"Other things in the world are white but for me porcelain comes first"
A handful of clay from a Chinese hillside carries a promise: that mixed with the right materials, it might survive the fire of the kiln, and fuse into porcelain - translucent, luminous, white.
Acclaimed writer and potter Edmund de Waal sets out on a quest - a journey that begins in the dusty city of Jingdezhen in China and travels on to Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall to tell the history of porcelain. Along the way, he meets the witnesses to its creation; those who were inspired, made rich or heartsick by it, and the many whose livelihoods, minds and bodies were broken by this obsession. It spans a thousand years and reaches into some of the most tragic moments of recent times.
In these intimate and compelling encounters with the people and landscapes who made porcelain, Edmund de Waal enriches his understanding of this rare material, the 'white gold' he has worked with for decades.
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"Sweeping in scope ... intimate in detail ... The White Road is a mesmirising and finely wrought work. It is also a cautionary tale about the price of beauty pursued at any cost." Ekow Eshun Independent on Sunday 20150920
Edmund de Waal wurde 1964 in Nottingham geboren und studierte in Cambridge. Er ist Professor für Keramik an der University of Westminster und stellte u.a. im Victoria and Albert Museum und in der Tate Britain aus. Im Jahr 2015 wurde er mit dem Windham-Campbell-Literaturpreis in der Kategorie Sachbuch ausgezeichnet. Edmund de Waal lebt in London.