Sasha Abramsky - The House of Twenty Thousand Books

The House of Twenty Thousand Books is 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 taught at Oxford and consulted for Sotheby's, Chimen Abramsky drew great writers and thinkers like Isaiah Berlin and Eric Hobsbawm to his North London home. The books, documents, and manuscripts that covered every shelf in his London House were testaments to Chimen's quest, from the Jewish orthodoxy of his boyhood, to the Communism of his youth, and to the liberalism of his mature years. Abramsky's work is at once the story of a fascinating family and a chronicle of the embattled twentieth century. 

Sasha Abramsky is the author of Conned: How Millions Went to Prison, Lost the Vote, and Helped Send George W. Bush to the White House, and has reported on U.S. prisons for Human Rights Watch. He lives in Sacramento, California.


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ISBN: 9781590178881
Published: New York Review Books - September 1st, 2015