Iain Sinclair: Rodinsky's Room

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  • Robert Bond (Independent Scholar - Europe)

Rodinsky's Room, published in 1999, is primarily a work of local cultural history. The book can be described as a mythography for Spitalfields, in that it historicizes the formation of the Rodinsky myth within the cultural consciousness of London. The local myth of David Rodinsky had already been reflected upon by Patrick Wright in his 1987 LRB essay “Rodinsky's Place”, and by Sinclair in a Guardian article which, when expanded, became the fifth chapter of his 1991 novel Downriver. Whilst Rodinsky's Room represents the summation of Sinclair's long-term interest in Rodinsky, in this text Sinclair takes the new step of co-writing …

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Bond, Robert. "Rodinsky's Room". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 April 2004
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