Rodinsky's Room

Iain Sinclair,Rachel Lichtenstein

Published: 14 February 2000
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 352 pages
ISBN: 9781862073296
£8.99

Overview

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.


About the author

Image of Iain Sinclair

Iain Sinclair is the author of White Chapell, Scarlet Tracings; Lights Out for the Territory; Lud Heat; Rodinsky's Room (with Rachel Lichtenstein); and Radon Daughters, all available from Granta Books. Born in Wales, he now lives in Hackney, East London. More about the author

Image of Rachel Lichtenstein

Rachel Lichtenstein is an artist, archivist and writer who lives and works in east London. She is also a tour guide and gives lectures on the Jewish East End. She is also the author of Rodinsky's Whitechapel and On Brick Lane. More about the author


Reviews

‘A wonderful story’

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Reviews

‘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’





 
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