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Author Abramsky, Sasha.

Title The house of twenty thousand books / Sasha Abramsky.

Publication Info. New York : New York Review Books, 2015.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Special Collections Whitehead  381.45002 Ab83Ba 2015    ---  Lib Use Only
Description 359 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Includes index.
Summary "The House of Twenty Thousand Books is journalist Sasha Abramsky's elegy to the vanished intellectual world of his grandparents, Chimen and Miriam, and their vast library of socialist literature and Jewish history. A rare book dealer and self-educated polymath who would go on to teach at Oxford and consult for Sotheby's, Chimen Abramsky drew great writers and thinkers like Isaiah Berlin and Eric Hobsbawm to his north London home; his library grew from his abiding passion for books and his search for an enduring ideology. The books, documents, and manuscripts that covered every shelf at 5 Hillway were testaments to Chimen's quest -- from the Jewish orthodoxy of his boyhood, to the Communism of his youth, to the liberalism of his mature years. The House of Twenty Thousand Books is at once the story of a fascinating family and chronicle of the embattled twentieth century. The House of Twenty Thousand Books includes 43 photos."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Prologue I: Saying goodbye -- Prologue II: Saying hello -- Master bedroom: The citadel -- The hallway: An extraordinary portal -- The kitchen: Salt, sugar, and a dash of love -- The front room: The Haskalah -- The dining room: Rituals and rebels -- Upstairs front room: Roots -- Dining room resurgent: Rebirth -- Front room revisited: Endings.
Subject Abramsky, Chimen, 1916-2010.
Abramsky, Miriam.
Abramsky, Chimen, 1916-2010 -- Library.
Booksellers and bookselling -- England -- London -- Biography.
Antiquarian booksellers -- England -- London -- Biography.
Book collectors -- England -- London -- Biography.
Jewish historians -- England -- London -- Biography.
London (England) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Abramsky, Chimen, 1916-2010. (OCoLC)fst01735121
Abramsky, Miriam. (OCoLC)fst01931196
Antiquarian booksellers. (OCoLC)fst00810677
Book collectors. (OCoLC)fst00836139
Booksellers and bookselling. (OCoLC)fst00836492
Intellectual life. (OCoLC)fst00975769
Jewish historians. (OCoLC)fst00982793
Libraries. (OCoLC)fst00997341
England -- London. (OCoLC)fst01204271
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Biographies (OCoLC)fst01919896
ISBN 9781590178881 (hardback)
1590178882 (hardback)
9781681371139 (paperback)
1681371138 (paperback)

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