Rodinsky's Room (Paperback)

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Lichtenstein, captivated by missing writer David Rodinsky, uses the chaotic room he left behind as the basis for her art. The more she unearths, the more desperate she becomes to find him and the missing pieces of his life's puzzle. Photos.


Publisher Ingram Pub Services
Mfg Part# 9781862073296
SKU 30758401
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1862073295
Release Date 4/21/2009
"RODINSKY'S ROOM is an absorbing mix of detective story, urban archaeology and artistic self-explanation."
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Annotation This memoir recalls Lichtenstein's obsession with an abandoned room over a synagogue in London's depressed Whitechapel district. Lichtenstein's emotional attempt to understand the occupant who spent his days there in obscurity, and her project to catalogue and comprehend the scraps of life he left behind, intersect with her profound search for self.
Editors Note David Rodinsky lived above a synagogue in the heart of the old Jewish East End of London, and sometime in the late 1960s he disappeared. His room, a chaos of writings, annotated books and maps, gramophone records and clothes, was left undisturbed for 20 years. Rodinsky's world captured the imagination of a young artist, Rachel Lichtenstein, whose grandparents had escaped Poland in the 30s, and over a period of years she began to document the bizarre collection of artifacts that were found in his room, and make installations using images from his enigmatic bequest. She became obsessed with this mysterious man: Who was he? Where did he come from? Where did he go? Now Lichtenstein and Iain Sinclair have written an extraordinary book that weaves together Lichenstein's quest for Rodinsky. Part mystery story, part memoir, part travelogue, Rodinsky's Room is a testament to a world that has all but vanished and the celebration of the life of a unique man.
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