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The Fictions of Bruno Schulz: The Street of Crocodiles & Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass [Paperback]

Bruno Schulz
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5 Jan 2012
The stories in these pages comprise all the surviving fiction of a man described by John Updike in the introduction as ‘one of the great transmogrifiers of the world into words’. They portray the doom-ridden yet comic world of a small Polish town in the years before the war, a world brought vividly to life in prose as memorable and as unique as are the brushstrokes of Marc Chagall.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (5 Jan 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1447219473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447219477
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 433,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Bruno Schulz was a writer of real, imaginative vision. Like Kafka. Like William Blake. Like all those dreams we have not yet dreamed, but will’ Robert Nye

‘Schulz’s pages are crowded with verbal art which strikes the reader – stuns him, even – with its overload of beauty’ Sunday Times

About the Author

Bruno Schulz was born in 1892. He lived in Drohobycz, Galicia, where he taught art at a secondary school, and drew and wrote in his spare time. In 1934 he published a collection of stories, Cinnamon Shops, followed by another, Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, three years later. During the Second World War, he was confined to the ghetto in Drohobycz. One day in 1942, he ventured to the ‘Aryan’ quarter, where he was recognized by a Gestapo officer and shot dead in the street.


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5.0 out of 5 stars poetry in prose 26 Mar 2013
By Helen A
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If you are a reader who delights in poetry as prose, penned in an almost musical style... then this is a book for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but beautiful 23 Jun 2008
By Jezza
Format:Paperback
Some of this deserves to be read out loud - bit of it reminded me oddly of a Polish-Jewish 'Under Milk Wood'. There is a powerful dreamlike quality to the writing -- vivid, emotional, and not very narrative. If you like carefully crafted short stories with a beginning middle and end then this is not for you -- but the quality of the writing is superb. It made me think of the those little gothic models of rooms and their inhabitants that you sometimes see in museums. Made all the more poignant by the fact that I've now read all of Bruno Schults's published work. If you liked this and are equally sorry that there is no more, you could do worse than trying Ishiguro's 'The Unconsoled'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and disturbing 1 May 2003
By A BECK
Format:Paperback
Realaty and fantasy segue into one another, evoking childhood, madness, Proustian metaphor and Eastern European townscapes dramatised by the heart breaking picture of Shulz's crazed father and his own awful yet strangely apt destiny of the Gestapo bullet. At first the exchange of matter with opposites, solid, liquid, gaseous, and materials and colours with theirs, the metamorphosis of perception,diverts, amuses absorbs - until the accuracy of the decription - at night - undermines your preconceptions and you enter his world of tunneled darkness,
mystic brightness and eery others - of beauty from another realm. Excellent secondhand service from Caroline Downing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book club reader award 23 Jun 2014
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The are book clubs that drink wine, knit, discuss ontology, and occasionally, just might, offer a gem you cannot imagine you ever lived without. This new on my list of top seven books, ever. The translation I cannot account for, but it reads magnificently. A beautiful piece, forgiven its studied and possibly Kafkaesque allusions, a real raw jewel.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just not my sort of book. 3 Jan 2014
By lennoc - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this for book club and I'm afraid it just wasn't my style of book. I'm sure it's well enough written but if you like linear stories and factual descriptions then this is definitely not the book for you.
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