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Sklepy cynamonowe; Sanatorium pod Klepsydrą

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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 togethe
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Published January 2005 by Wydawnictwo Dolnośląskie (first published 1937)
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I became aware of Bruno Schultz while reading The Messiah of Stokholm by Cynthia Ozik and decided to read the works of this seemingly obscure author. Schultz's work contains some of the most beautiful prose I have ever read. I don't understand why this author is not more widely known. I read it slowly, savoring the language and enjoying the stories as told by this exceptional Jewish holocaust victim. Thank goodness for writers like Cynthia Ozik whose goal it is to expose great but little-known a ...more
Another book that came up in two of my classes this semester. Bruno Schulz (1892-1942) was a Polish writer. His output was not huge (he was gunned down during World War II) and mainly consisted of two collections of short stories: "The Street of the Crocodiles" and "Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass." Both take Schulz's childhood as the focal point and both deeply reimagine it. I guess you could call Schulz's style magical realism. For example, during the course of the two collections, ...more
Просматривая старые фотографии из Кракова, вспомнил, как проходя по улице Кроводерской увидел вывеску «Sex sklep» – для знающего польский – все в порядке, для филолога – гроб с музыкой, хотя всего лишь в переводе – «секс-шоп» (вообще-то, «магазин»). И вспомнил автора, которым зачитывался уже давно, сначала из любви, а потом и по профессии. Бруно Шульц, непонятный и странный автор, из разряда необычных, принадлежащий трем странам и нескольким культурам, он оставил, наверное, самый удивительный ми ...more
Jun 04, 2007 Ben rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Utter, incomprehensible beauty from a tragically ignored writer of great vision.
I was introduced to Schultz through the equally exquisite theatrical adaptation of his life and works 'The Street of Crocodiles' by Theatre de Complicite, in London. It blew me away with it's virtuoso style and breathtaking visuals, but there is something far quiter, intimate and subsequently powerful about Schultz's original text.
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In July my father left to take the waters; he left me with my mother and my older brother at the mercy of the summer days, white from the heat and stunning. Stupefied by the light, we leafed through that great book of the holiday, all of its pages ablaze with splendour; their sickly sweet pulp, deep within, made from golden pears.

Adela would return on luminous mornings, like Pomona from the fire of the enkindled day, tipping from her basket the colourful beauty of the sun: glistening wi
Feb 29, 2008 Eoin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers
Unbelievable. Totally perfect in that crazy Borges/Kafka way, but denser. Read it right now.
Jeżeli ktoś rzadko czyta może mieć trudności ze zrozumieniem tekstu.
Perhaps a bit mischievously, Shulz has created archetypes for after the Fall, if there was no concept of "before the Fall" and only an overgrown, lurid garden after the fact. There is frequent suggestion that something is missing, but no effort is made to excavate for or speculate about an ideal; rather, what is present is described ardently with layers and more layers of persistent lushness. Shulz does this with a brilliant command of language and so much love, that very quickly, you are trappe ...more
Mikko Saari
I had missed this one completely, but then it went on to win the Tähtivaeltaja award, so I had to read it. Verdict? Fascinating, but kind of hard to read, thus just three stars. I'm willing to plead stupidity: this book is probably for smarter people than I am, and I probably missed a ton of fascinating metaphors. But at times, the worlds Schulz create were simply amazing, and I don't wonder why this was awarded, especially as the translation is solid.
I must admit that I hadn't heard of his book or it's author until JSF published Tree of Codes last year.

However, I was not a bit disappointed to discover that it was so lyrical, so poetic, and so beautiful as it is.

Though the stories themselves are rather mundane and unspectacular, the writing (and drawings!) is so beautiful and flowing that you'll find yourself in love with every dramatic metaphor and hyperbolic description.
I've only read The Street of Crocodiles stories from this so far, but I was blown away by the imaginative scope of the writing. I guess you could call it surreal, or impressionistic writing. Dream-like. It's a reminder that there are exceptions to repeated rules to kill off darlings and pare down language to the bare essentials in modern writing. What would these stories be if not for their flights of fancy? It doesn't feel meaningless or purely whimsical to me either, but like another state of ...more
J.M. Hushour
If I had to describe this wacky guy I'd put him somewhere on a i-beam between Franz Kafka and Robert Musil. The former because the tone and plots of these little vingettes are often surreal and downright disturbing, the latter because pretty much every page is a poetic epiphany. That's actually part of the problem: Schulz's prose is so thick, you get bogged down in metaphor after metaphor after metaphor. It's a little exhausting. However, his given name is Bruno and there are some wickedly fanta ...more
(This review is of the first part "Street of crocodiles").

The book consists of chapters that are almost short stories in the sense that they are very loosely linked to each other.
The narrative is very poetic and often the imagery crosses the line of realism and becomes hallucinatory. The richness of the imagery colours otherwise mundane scenes and events. Nothing much happens in the real world but in the minds of the protagonists epic events take place.
I cannot compare the translation to the o
Dit boek krijgt alleen maar heel goede recensies. Ik ben het daar niet helemaal mee eens. Schulz beschrijft goed het leven in een Midden-europese provinciestad aan het begin van de vorige eeuw. Maar naar mijn smaak dikt hij het allemaal net even te veel aan. Je wordt moe van het barokke proza. Er zijn wel heel mooie verhalen tussen, vooral waar het over zijn vader gaat. Geen idee waar de waarheid ophoudt en een soort magisch realisme begint. Verder doet hij me aan Kafka denken (hij laat b.v. zij ...more
Peter Zalmayev
Schulz has no equals/Равных Шульцу нет.
Sean Masterson
There is much philosophical rhapsody here with an undercurrent of the author's obsession with the calves of young girls. A lot of it comes off as though someone were knocking at Bruno's door as he raced to get word to page. Unfinished thoughts perhaps.

A nazi soldier put an end to his writing as he strolled down an Austro-Hungarian sidewalk. "A writer's writer," they say. I enjoyed the moments, here and there, that might have placed Bruno alongside Kafka and Borges.
Ursula Pflug
This is a delightful, strange book and one I'd almost forgotten. I'd love to reread it one day. Somewhere on the net there's a wonderful review by Jessica Amanda Salmonson.

Oh, here it is.

I hope Jessica won't mind me posting the link. Violet Books deserves a visit anyway.
When it comes to ridiculous bureaucracy and unseen, dominating powers, Kafka usually dominates. This compendium offers a collection of stories that shed light on one of the lesser-known Eastern European absurdists. The translation's prose borders on the florid, but the novelty of the stories is worth investigating.
Often times while reading this book I stop and smile in awe at the way Bruno Schultz strings words together.This book has caused many a thought bubble for me.Absolutely beautiful and stimulating. A bit dense at times,but pausing to absorb is part of the experience.Infinitely imaginative...
"Chcemy stworzyć po raz wtóry człowieka na obraz i podobieństwo manekina."

Finally gave up on this and returned it to the library today. While the writing style itself was quite nice, and one of the reasons I kept at it for as long as I did, I could never really get into the actual content of the stories.

(To be revised w/ a more finished appraisal): We submit it to suffice, it's hardly reminiscent of the Quay Bros. adaptation and that's the splendor of the thing.
Not bad, eminently readable, but I feel the comparisons to Gombrowicz are a bit much - Schulz seems a lot less polished but still very enjoyable to read.
Nov 10, 2008 Brian marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-queue
Fictions of Bruno Schulz: The Street of Crocodiles and Sanatorium under the Sign of the Hourglass by Bruno Schulz (1988)
Such incredible writing, wonderful descriptions and metaphors..a book that i will leave on my night table as inspration.
Bruno Schulz and his version of magical realism older than Marquez is great. I love the wicked humour. Great.
Scott Morrissey
This book mesmerized me. To be read only on autumn evenings.
What titles! What dreamy, mysterious stories...
Gillian E Masland
particularly good if you are a synesthetic.
the book is was ok bot i don't like the book
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Bruno Schulz was a Polish writer, fine artist, literary critic and art teacher of Jewish descent (1892-1942). He was regarded as one of the great Polish-language prose stylists of the 20th century.

At a very early age, Schulz developed an interest in the arts. He studied at a gymnasium in Drohobycz from 1902 to 1910, and proceeded to study architecture at Lwów University. In 1917 he briefly studie
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