Rodinsky's Room - Rachel Lichtenstein & Iain SinclairLondon: Granta Books, 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Glossary;
From the cover: “David Rodinsky lived above the synagogue in Princelet Street in the heart of the old Jewish East End of London. Sometime in the late sixties he disappeared. His room, a chaos of writings, annotated books and maps, gramophone records and clothes, was left undisturbed for twenty years.
Rodinsky’s world was that of East European Jewry, cabbalistic speculation, an obsession with language as code, and terrible loss. He clutched the imagination of a young artist, Rachel Lichtenstein, whose grandparents had left Poland in the thirties. lain Sinclair told her, The room is a trap. From the early nineties she made installations using images from Rodinsky’s enigmatic bequest. Now she and Sinclair have written an astonishing book that weaves together Lichtenstein’s quest for Rodinsky — which took her to Poland, to Israel and around Jewish London — with Sinclair’s beautiful meditations on her journey into her own past, and on the Whitechapel he has reinvented.”