The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories

The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories

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The collected fiction of "one of the most original imaginations in modern Europe" (Cynthia Ozick)

Bruno Schulz's untimely death at the hands of a Nazi stands as one of the great losses to modern literature. During his lifetime, his work found little critical regard, but word of his remarkable talents gradually won him an international readership. This volume brings together his complete fiction, including three short stories and his final surviving work, Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass . Illustrated with Schulz's original drawings, this edition beautifully showcases the distinctive surrealist vision of one of the twentieth century's most gifted and influential writers.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9780143105145
Branch Call Number: FIC SCHULZ
Characteristics: xxix, 333 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.


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Jul 11, 2017

"Came the yellow days of winter, filled with boredom."
Bruno Schulz was a Polish writer and artist, best-known for his 1934 collection of short stories, "The Street of Crocodiles" (originally published as "Cinnamon Shops"). In 1942, at the age of 50, he went out for a walk and was shot dead by a Nazi (Schulz was Jewish). This edition brings together "Crocodiles" with his final work, "Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass," which he also illustrated. The stories blend the quotidian with the surreal and Kakfa, whom he translated, is the most obvious reference point. For anyone interested in European literature, this is an excellent edition, featuring a helpful introduction and a less helpful forward by Jonathan Safran Foer. There's a very cool short film of "Street of Crocodiles" directed by teh Quay Brothers.

Mar 11, 2016

Making the ordinary extraordinary and providing new ways of looking at his surroundings, Schulz’s writing could be called hypnotic and jarring at the same time. He strips the banal veneer off of the everyday and looks at the possible underlying existence(s) of things: items, people, landscapes, and even time. The “spurious thirteenth month” (“A Night of the High Season”) he describes as “white, bewildered, and unnecessary days” could carry over to any time of the year he describes.

Schulz recreates not just childhood memories but a childhood consciousness which includes every possibility, fabulous or mundane—nothing has been ruled out as impossible at this stage. The narrator recounts experiences with his family and friends through this consciousness, where a simple stroll in the evening with his father turns into a cosmic lightshow. A stampbook becomes imbued with additional meaning that provides insight into history and current events. His father appears in many of the stories, usually diminishing in size and influence as the tale progresses. A book divulges different secrets when the page is rubbed or the wind blows colors and figures away. There are a few stories told from an older narrator’s point of view—some work well, some don’t.

Highly recommended. (I also recommend Wojciech Jerzy Has’ film "Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass," based on some of these stories.)


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