The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories

The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories

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by Bruno Schulz
     
 

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A novel that blends the real and the fantastic, from "one of the most original imaginations in modern Europe" (Cynthia Ozick) 

The Street of Crocodiles in the Polish city of Drogobych is a street of memories and dreams where recollections of Bruno Schulz's uncommon boyhood and of the eerie side of his merchant family's life are evoked in a startling

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A novel that blends the real and the fantastic, from "one of the most original imaginations in modern Europe" (Cynthia Ozick) 

The Street of Crocodiles in the Polish city of Drogobych is a street of memories and dreams where recollections of Bruno Schulz's uncommon boyhood and of the eerie side of his merchant family's life are evoked in a startling blend of the real and the fantastic. 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. 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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"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."  

"One of the most original imaginations in modern Europe." 

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140186253
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1992
Series:
Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
516,548
Product dimensions:
5.11(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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

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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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Janus More than 1 year ago
Alas poor Bruno Schulz. Had he been allowed to live the world would not be deprived of his surreal genius. Sadly, a Nazi ended Mr. Schulz's life and we will simply have to treasure what little he left behind. This book includes his novellas 'The Street of Crocodiles' (originally published as 'The Cinnamon Shops'), 'Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass' and a few short stories. Trying to describe Schulz' writing is akin to describing a dream. I can simply say that this is easily one of the best books I've ever read. However, I'm not ashamed to admit that there were many parts where I felt like I didn't quite understand what was going on; in this rare case, I'm quite okay with that. Some sections are very straightforward and easy to comprehend, while others can be quite vague, even metaphysical in a sense. I for one am eager to re-read the book though, so as to better understand it. I can already tell it will be one of those books that will be different with every reading. For readers who are not intimidated by the abstract, surreal and downright labyrinthine this book will find a place in your heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a World Literature class at school. This is a very interesting book and bruno Schultz must have been a very interesting man. He used a lot of metaphors and personifications to bring objects to life. I enjoyed reading this book but it was a slow reader. I would recommend allotting yourself at least several days to read this book because after each short story I found myself wanting to take a break.
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