I’ve been terribly busy these last four months but I managed to read a couple of books during my commute. One of these books was Letters to Camondo by Edmund de Waal, in which I found another metaphorical punctuation mark.

That is what your Musée Nissim de Camondo is becoming for you, a place with no quotation marks, no vitrines, no ropes or guidebooks. You have made a space to talk to the dead, to welcome them in.

The book is wonderfully touching collection of imaginary letters by the author to Moïse de Camondo, the man who built the house now known as the Musée Nissim de Camondo in Paris. He lived there with his two children, filled it with his collections and bequeathed it to the nation in memory of his son, Nissim, who had died in World War I.

The museum’s website features this beautiful video by Anna-Claria Ostasenko Bogdanoff, in which Edmund de Waal reads fragments from his book.

The library. Image © Beth Wilson, reproduced under a CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence.