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Review: Lost World Remembered in House of Twenty Thousand Books

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If a book is a unique glimpse into the mind of an author, then a collection of books is a detailed journey through the life and mind of a reader: a map of the book collector’s intellectual journey through life. In The House of Twenty Thousand Books (New York Review Books, September 1, 2015) this is the journey taken by Sasha Abramsky, whose family was tasked with the job of cleaning out a houseful of books upon his grandfather’s death. His grandfather was no ordinary book collector. The co-owner with his wife Miriam of a London East End bookstore, Chimen Abramsky was an expert on Jewish and socialist texts, a Communist who had become an outspoken critic of the Soviet…

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