The collected fiction of "one of the most original imaginations in modern Europe" (Cynthia Ozick)
Bruno Schulz's untimely death at the hands of a Nazi stands as one of the great losses to modern literature. During his lifetime, his work found little critical regard, but word of his remarkable talents gradually won him an international readership. This volume brings together his complete fiction, including three short stories and his final surviving work, Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass. Illustrated with Schulz's original drawings, this edition beautifully showcases the distinctive surrealist vision of one of the twentieth century's most gifted and influential writers.
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|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Series:||Writers from the Other Europe Series|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
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.
Celina Wieniewska (translator) was awarded the 1963 Roy Publishers Polish-into-English prize for her translation of The Street of Crocodiles.
Jonathan Safran Foer (foreword) is the bestselling author of the novels Everything is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Here I Am. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
David A. Goldfarb (introducer) taught for eight years in the Slavic department at Barnard College, Columbia University. He has written on a range of writers and subjects, including Bruno Schulz, Witold Gombrowicz, Nikolai Gogol, Mikhail Lermontov, Ivan Turgenev, Leo Tolstoy, and East European cinema.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.