BRUNO SCHULZ’S #/THE STREET OF CROCODILES. A Study in Creativity and Neurosis. Bruno Schulz () is one of the most original writers of. The Street of Crocodiles (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin) [Bruno Schulz, Celina Wieniewska, Jerzy Ficowski] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying. Schulz, Bruno: The Street of Crocodiles revd by Cynthia Ozick; illus.

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He was commissioned by Landau, in exchange for protection, to paint a mural on a wall of his residency in Drohobycz. As I was walking through the forest near my parents’ h Even though I found The Street of Crocodiles nearly impossible when I first read it, I now find myself thinking of this book often.

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On the other hand, descriptions of incredible events, absurd landscapes, and bizarre animals make them seem matter-of-fact. This is of course a book by an eccentric. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

It streey be obtained here quite cheaply… http: None of the work Schulz is thought to have left with others has ever surfaced. He usually read the news and politics on Saturday, and the arts pages on Sunday, when he had more time. Wow — I was just reading about The Tree of Codes and then came across your review of The Street of Crocodiles — which seems essential reading now and definitely to be read before tackling the Foer, which does intrigue me enormously. There brumo a beginning, a middle, and streeh end, yes, but the writing is best described as delirious, hypnotic, dreamlike.

I was allowed to walk down to the remains of our home with my oldest cousin, Rudy. Even in its darkest moments, I would not want to awaken from such an awe-inspiring literary dream. If Egon Schiele wrote fiction, it might be something like this.

Every inanimate object is alive in some horrid, pulsing way: Time itself does not behave: His thrift had served him and our family well, I suppose. Comic madness alternating with despair, a kind of bipolar alteration, story to story. It joins the ranks of my immortal loves. The men in uniform had never made their way to my aunt and uncle’s home, and I returned there with them.


He lives deep inside his own imagination, “almost completely rid of bodily needs We have long since abandoned our dreams of that fortress, but here, years later, someone turns up who picks them up and takes them seriously, so “Today those remote dreams come back, and not without reason.

And when the ribbons break off, they float away on the breeze, looping and dipping in arabesques across a papery sky, spelling out stories, crockdiles stranger than the next, stories for then, stories for now, stories for ever In a word, his work is incredible. In the background are the other people around the author: The language adopted by Schulz is rich and unique, schylz by various eccentric sequences of metaphors.

I think someone left it at Joe’s Pub when I was working there. We like to see streft each gesture, behind each move, its inertia, its heavy effort, its bearlike awkwardness. Apocrypha and Palimpsests In the absence of any other guide, Jacob is mapping the psyche sttreet the Street of Crocodiles, this other world “of which almost nothing is known”.

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The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories Reader’s Guide

Except when Father pontificates his views of the world. Coruscating and mysterious, they remind me at times of Fernando del Paso’s word-drunk Palinuro of Mexico as much as Kafka. Anyone can mold it and shape it; it obeys everybody. His cousin shows him a collection of pornographic photographs, and their effect on the narrator seems not entirely pleasurable. Of course that implies that the group of decrepit military wax-figures which the narrator frees from a wax museum in the story called ‘Spring’, and which you can see in the drawing above, are declaring that my stray thoughts are second-rate.

No one knew that there, on that refuse dump, the month of August had chosen to hold that year its pagan orgies. It will now have far greater significance for me.

The Street of Crocodiles

Cinnamon shops mentioned by the narrator tne the story are situated in the centre of the town where the narrator lives. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Preface This volume contains two collections of short stories and three additional stories that were originally published with Schulz’s letters, drawings and miscellaneous prose.


It was one of those clear nights when the starry firmament is so wide and spreads so far that it seems to be divided and broken up into a mass of separate skies, sufficient for a whole month of winter nights and providing silver and painted globes to cover all the nightly phenomena, adventures, occurrences and carnivals. This book was an excellent surprise. I expected the stories to flesh out these images.

Most memorable – and most chilling – is the portrait of the author’s father, a maddened shopkeeper who imports rare birds’ eggs to hatch in his attic, who believes tailors’ dummies should be treated like people, and whose obsessive fear of cockroaches causes him to resemble one. But that’s the extent of the similarities. All the rest of the chapters are also immensely enjoyable. Sitting here, the air still warm from the sun already set, my memories of the crumbling house surrounded in vines triggered my memory of Schulz’s summers: The introduction preceding Schulz’s tale explains the “Schulzian mythology”– One that teaches us to transgress to a childlike understanding of the subconscious.

This excess is wasted. Not to say anything of four pages of pure pleasure and in the form of a ‘short story’. And the observer is the mythopoeic visionary Bruno Schulz, a man whose dream world is superimposed upon the real one, a man who is at home with the visions of prophets and madmen, a man who never quite lost the childhood ability to see behind the curtain of the mundane, to glimpse the cosmic wonders through which the mass of men and women sleepwalk.

Edgy, balletic and charged with a vertigo-inducing energy — it felt like being dropped into the world of the book.

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