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The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 25 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (25 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143105140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143105145
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the great "writers," one of the great transmogrifiers of the world into words.
John Updike
One of the most remarkable writers who ever lived.
Isaac Bashevis Singer

"One of the great "writers," one of the great transmogrifiers of the world into words."
-John Updike
"One of the most remarkable writers who ever lived."
-Isaac Bashevis Singer

aOne of the great "writers," one of the great transmogrifiers of the world into words.a
aJohn Updike
aOne of the most remarkable writers who ever lived.a
aIsaac Bashevis Singer

"Every time I open his books, I''m amazed anew to discover how this writer, a single human being who rarely left his home town, created for us an entire world, an alternate dimension of reality. . . . His [stories] create a fantastic universe, a private mythology of one family, and are written in a language that brims with life, a language that is itself the main character of the stories and is the only dimension in which they could possibly exist. . . . On every page, life [is] raging, exploding with vitality, suddenly worthy of its name."
-David Grossman, "The New Yorker"
"A masterpiece of comic writing; grave yet dignified, domestically plain yet poetic, exultant and forgiving, marvelously inventive, shy, and never raw."
-"The New York Review of Books"
"Bruno Schulz was one of the great writers, one of the great transmogrifiers of the world into words. . . . [His] verbal art strikes us-stuns us, even-with its overload of beauty."
-John Updike
"One of the most original imaginations in modern Europe."
-Cynthia Ozick
"Schulz cannot be easily classified. He can be called a surrealist, a symbolist, an expressionist, a modernist. . . . He wrote sometimes like Kafka, sometimes like Proust, and at times succeeded in reaching depths that neither of them reached. . . . If Schulz had been allowed to live out his life, he might have given us untold treasures, but what he did in his short life was enough to make him one of the most remarkable writers who ever lived."
-Isaac Bashevis Singer
"Rich in fantasy, sensuous in their apprehension of the living world, elegant in style, witty, underpinned by a mystical but coherent idealistic aesthetic, "The Street of Crocodiles" and "Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass" were unique and startling productions, seeming to come out of nowhere. . . . Schulz was incomparably gifted as an explorer of his own inner life, which is at the same time the recollected inner life of h

"Every time I open his books, I'm amazed anew to discover how this writer, a single human being who rarely left his home town, created for us an entire world, an alternate dimension of reality. . . . His [stories] create a fantastic universe, a private mythology of one family, and are written in a language that brims with life, a language that is itself the main character of the stories and is the only dimension in which they could possibly exist. . . . On every page, life [is] raging, exploding with vitality, suddenly worthy of its name."
-David Grossman, "The New Yorker"
"A masterpiece of comic writing; grave yet dignified, domestically plain yet poetic, exultant and forgiving, marvelously inventive, shy, and never raw."
-"The New York Review of Books"
"Bruno Schulz was one of the great writers, one of the great transmogrifiers of the world into words. . . . [His] verbal art strikes us-stuns us, even-with its overload of beauty."
-John Updike
"One of the most original imaginations in modern Europe."
-Cynthia Ozick
"Schulz cannot be easily classified. He can be called a surrealist, a symbolist, an expressionist, a modernist. . . . He wrote sometimes like Kafka, sometimes like Proust, and at times succeeded in reaching depths that neither of them reached. . . . If Schulz had been allowed to live out his life, he might have given us untold treasures, but what he did in his short life was enough to make him one of the most remarkable writers who ever lived."
-Isaac Bashevis Singer
"Rich in fantasy, sensuous in their apprehension of the living world, elegant in style, witty, underpinned by a mystical but coherent idealistic aesthetic, "The Street of Crocodiles" and "Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass" were unique and startling productions, seeming to come out of nowhere. . . . Schulz was incomparably gifted as an explorer of his own inner life, which is at the same time the recollected inner life of his childhood and his own creative workings. From the first comes the charm and freshness of his stories, from the second their intellectual power."
-J. M. Coetzee, "The New York Review of Books"

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About the Author

Bruno Schulz, a Polish Jew killed by the Nazis in 1942, is considered by many to have been the leading Polish writer between the two world wars.


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I read this book at school, in Polish and I fell in love with Schultz's style - so ornamental, rich and poetic! I am happy to report that this translation is excellent and as easy and enjoyable to read as the original.
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The low-rating that this book has doesn't do it justice. Schulz is an extremely interesting writer (see the reviews of a different edition (Street of Crocodiles (Penguin 20th century classic)) in that distinctly eastern-European mold of 20th century literature (Kafka, Gombrowicz).
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Got into the guy through the Quay Bros.

Jewish,East European sensitivities between the 2 world wars.

Superb short stories shot through with realism,amazing flights of fancy all wrapped up in an adolescents view..Startlingly honest and a marvellous evocation of the times and philosophies
swirling around mid european states soon to be consumed by Fascism of the right and left.
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When I found out Safran Foer's new book had something to do with Schulz' 'The Street of Crocodiles', I had to read it. As much as I try to, I don't love it. Full of weird and descriptive passages, with very little human conversation, it can be quite heavy reading.

Perhaps I will return to it in the future and love it as I should.
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