Rodinsky's Room

By Rachel Lichtenstein; Iain Sinclair (Joint Author)
(Granta Books, Hardcover, 9781862072572, 340pp.)

Publication Date: February 2000

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Recluse David Rodinsky lived above a synagogue in the heart of the Jewish East End of London. In 1969 he disappeared. His room, a chaos of writings, annotated books and maps, gramophone records, and clothes, remained undisturbed for 20 years.

Rodinsky's story captured the imagination of Rachel Lichtenstein, whose grandparents left Poland in the 1930s. Since the early 1990s, she has made exhibitions using images of Rodinsky's enigmatic bequest. This book weaves together Lichtenstein's quest for Rodinsky -- which took her to Poland, Israel, and through Jewish London -- with lain Sinclair's meditations on the artist's journey into her own past.

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