Rodinsky's Room by Rachel Lichtenstein

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David Rodinsky lived in the old Jewish East End of London. Sometime in the late sixties he disappeared and his room was left undisturbed for 20 years. This is the story of artist Rachel Lichtenstein's fascination with the enigmatic Rodinsky and how in uncovering his past she uncovered her own.
 

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Lichenstein gathered artifacts, and her grandparents_escaped Poland. Iain Sinclair is a novelist, poet, and essayist whose books include the award-winning "Downriver" (1991), "Slow Chocolate Autopsy" and the celebrated "Lights Out for the Territory" (both 1997).
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Granta Books. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Fascinating tale of Jewish mystic-hermit David Rodinsky, whose London room is opened up after nearly 20 years, by artist Lichtenstein and with contributions by author Sinclair (Downriver, 1993).

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To find the answers, Lichtenstein consulted a kabbalist rabbi in Jerusalem, tracked down Rodinsky's surviving relatives and journeyed to Poland, where she delved into Rodinsky's past as well as her own family's (her grandparents escaped Poland in the 1930s to settle in East London).

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