• August 13, 2019

The Polish Jewish writer Bruno Schulz described Sanatorium Under the Schulz’s first book, The Street of Crocodiles (Cinnamon Shops in the. XXXVI, No. 2, ? The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences. ANDREAS SCHONLE. CINNAMON SHOPS BY BRUNO SCHULZ: THE APOLOGY. The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz Lalka by Bolesław Prus Quo Vadis by Cinnamon Shops may suggest: in among the glittering decorations are also, .

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Slowly curling vines and dense, overripe underbrush pair with images of Schulz’s father’s many metamorphoses and descent into madness. For me, both alternative titles summon up exotic images of Jewish life between the wars. We have to leave immediately, or they will kill brno, too.

If Scuulz knew nothing else about this character, this one line speaks volumes about Charles’ motivations and inner life, while causing me to be instantly suspicious, as well as fascinated, by this one strange tic.

These stories defy real comparison. Like me trying to unravel my dreams.

Cinnamon Shops by Bruno Schulz

Here, alongside the street or deep within gardens, stood picturesque villas, the decorative buildings of the wealthy. We are accustomed to thinking in Darwinian terms: View all 26 comments. Aug 27 Tue That’s a deep blow. Can a simple ordinary fact of a normal day, become a superb piece of literature? Reality and fantasy or unleashed imagination are in constant flux xchulz, continuously getting in each other’s way. This collection is scyulz a glimpse of the body of work that we would have enjoyed from this talented writer if his life had not been tragically cut short.

Nobody who passed me in the street looked me in the eye.

Its publication in December saw Schulz — a shy, rather awkward schoolteacher — join Stanislaw Witkiewicz and Witold Gombrowicz in the front rank of Polish modernists.


The chapters appear as pieces of situations that describe the main characters: Cinnamoj I think about Bruno Schulz’ life story, I always feel a pang in my heart. After we passed a few more houses, the Reading Schulz’s work is like discovering my newest, best literary friend. At once a blast from its expanse swept over me. The Street of Crocodiles tore threw me like electricity.

His fictions contain vivid precincts to explore, constructed by an artist who understood —in fact worshipped — the powerful connections that lie, waiting to be made, between the covers of a book.

Deep inside the town there open up, so to speak, double streets, doppelganger streets, mendacious and delusive streets. It was only then that I learned that Mr. But by all means, read this book. View all 10 comments.

The men in uniform had never made their way to my aunt and uncle’s home, and I returned there with them. It is exceedingly thoughtless to send a young boy out on an urgent and important errand into a night like that because in its semiobscurity the streets multiply, becoming confused and interchanged. But as I ascended cedar backstairs filled with ringing echoes, I realized I was now in a hitherto unseen, unknown part of the building.

I was only fourteen, but I noticed that everybody looked to me for guidance. This book has been waiting on my shelf for nearly a year, and in retrospect reading two thirds of it in a day was probably a bad idea, as it is dense, allusive and sometimes difficult to follow.

Shultz wrote of his own realities that were shrouded in myths– a part of town that was fake, a mere myrage of buildings. I’d have gone instead for this side of his drawing style, for it’s lovely combination of realism and what might now be called chibi-ness, and which matches the caricature-like, fantastical nature of his metamorphoses of family and friends into his fictional characters. The story abounds in mythical elements, introduced by means of the visionary and dreamlike literary depiction e.


An apparently simple narration suddenly turns into a narration with many significance. The book, inspired by Schulz’s short story and available in print and electronic formats, is introduced by The Village Voice film critic, J.

He cheerfully made some reply and threw the reins onto my knees, not even drawing the carriage to a halt. The lines of only a few streets were marked in black and their names given in simple, unadorned lettering, different from the noble script of the other captions. One of the most haunting, beautiful, amazing, nuanced, and important books that I’ve ever read.

Jewish youth and two women in an urban alley”,oil on cardboard He was commissioned by Landau, in exchange for protection, to paint a mural on a wall of his residency in Drohobycz.

By the time I returned to the corner with our pastries, they had blocked the street. It may still take me several minutes per page, but now it’s because I have to periodically sit back in wonder and amazement at the pure genius of certain passages. I had no idea how thoroughly and profoundly they would do so, but not in the manner I had anticipated.

The Street of Crocodiles

A strange and magical experience. By the time I got around to reading Schulz’s book, I was aware that its original Polish title had been “Cinnamon Shops”. View all 4 comments.