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It is somewhat like magic realism, but more primeval and mythic than the dark fairy tales of Marquez.

Every unique author is unique in his own way… And Bruno Schulz is one of the inarguable proofs. Jul 21, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: You don’t read Schulz for the plot; you read for the prose, crocoviles intensely sensual visuals, the way the words unfurl like the leaves of a magical vine.

The introduction preceding Schulz’s tale explains the “Schulzian mythology”– One that teaches us to transgress to a childlike understanding of the subconscious. It involved music, movement, posture, dance and dialogue and it also played around with perspective with sets that were reminiscent of German Expressionist art.

Schultz is very widely read in Poland. It would be fair to call Bruno Schulz Poland’s greatest twentieth century writer. View all 15 comments. This book made me begin stretching my mind to believe in new realities. This book was a gift from a friend. Some were coated with fur, clotted with a pelage, like bison, and they stunk abominably. I hadn’t meant to wake up that early. The air over that midden, wild with the heat, cut through by the lightning of shiny horseflies, driven mad by the sun, crackled as if filled with invisible rattles, exciting one to a frenzy.

The language intoxicates you and results in high voltage creations of hallucinations. Todd, thanks for the info. scnulz


The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories Reader’s Guide

I don’t know why it was changed for scbulz English language collection, which are the same stories. It has ceased to be beautiful. There open up, deep inside a city, reflected streets, streets which are doubles, make-believe streets.

Twelve from the Shelves: View all 11 comments. Granted, many if not most classic novels from the s and 30s contain bduno occasional nod to the forms of racism and eugenicism which were pervasive and prevalent at the time, and perhaps I found some of it more poignant and sad than elsewhere because of Schulz’s own fate.

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That can be an amusing exercise. What a strange union of matter and mind! Bruno Schulz, a Polish Jew killed by the Nazis inis considered by many to have been the leading Polish writer between the two world wars. Gingery, I slid and placed and replaced the spheres.

Refresh and try again. An apparently simple narration suddenly turns into a narration with many significance. Schulz captures our senses from the very first passage. Both these forms are temporary; each is necessary for the other, and for the emergence of new forms which are at any moment inconceivable. We asked him to repeat it, thinking that we had misheard. I cannot but hear, here, the bewildering stasis of the man who like Hungarian Antal Szerbdepite no shortage of offers to get him and his great talent to safety, remained in his hometown as the Nazis took over and was eventually murdered as a result.

What is at fault is the senile intemperance of the summer, its lustful and belated spurt of vitality. Likened to Kafka, the book as a whole reminded me of a very different version of Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Can an event be ‘re-lived’ according to your childhood imaginations? The whole of matter pulsates with infinite possibilities that send dull shivers through it.

To the bookstore my bella faccias! He calls for “Less matter, more form! Schulz is like one who awakens in a dream. Cockroaches figure in as equally as birds. Slowly curling vines and dense, overripe underbrush pair with images of Schulz’s father’s many metamorphoses and descent into madness.

cgocodiles A few times, I thought I heard gunshots. Such fun — especially if the referees are posturing from a ballsy scream and can’t feck back easily to see how the next has appalled.

View all 4 comments. These stories are all told in the first person about his family – mostly his father. View all comments. I think they had intended to clear the whole neighbourhood, and rebuild new residences there, but when I returned eighteen months later after bruuno war had ended, nothing had changed. One of the most significant characters in the work is the Father, who is not only the head of the family, a merchant running a textile shop in the marketplace, but also a mad experimenter endowed with superhuman abilities, a demiurge living between life and death, between the world of the real and the imaginary.

I guess it just didn’t connect.

The Street of Crocodiles

This was a difficult enough task. How did you view the same shops in the night when they were filled with colourful lights?

Thanks for the info, seventydys.