Published: 14 February 2000
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 352 pages
Rodinsky's world was that of the East European Jewry, cabbalistic speculation, an obsession with language as code and terrible loss. He touched the imagination of artist Rachel Lichtenstein, whose grandparents had left Poland in the 1930s. This text weaves together Lichtenstein's quest for Rodinsky - which took her to Poland, to Israel and around Jewish London - with Iain Sinclair's meditations on her journey into her own past and on the Whitechapel he has reinvented in his own writing. Rodinsky's Room is a testament to a world that has all but vanished, a homage to a unique culture and way of life.
‘A wonderful story’
‘Highly original, entertaining and instructive ... Thanks to those two mythographers, the story of David Rodinsky will remain with us’
‘This is a mystery story and a detective story. It is a story of obsession and possession. It is a story about disappearing people, disappearing buildings and a disappearing way of life. Most of all, it is a story of a man who vanished, and the woman who set out to find him and, in the process, found herself’