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At the end the central character was murdered offstage. There were a couple of stories I could easily have skipped, though I didn’t. As the stories progress, it seems as if madness gradually overtakes Jacob, but it is a madness measured not stree much in how he perceives the world as in how radically isolated from it he becomes.

A delayed second comment: The dark second-floor appartment of the house in Market Square was shot through each day by the naked heat of summer: Safran Foer cut words from Street of Crocodiles in order to create his own story.

I found this book randomly somewhere. To learn, to experience worlds, emotions, interactions that I don’t experience in my I would have preferred a somewhat more contained novel, a touch more overall cohesiveness to the chapter-length stories conjoined within, as I feel that Schulz might have achieved something truly unique and mind-blowing if he had just tightened a few bolts here and there – though I’ll still happily take that which he put to the page in its brief-but-lush glory for us all to enjoy.

You have to be ready for it. This short brilliant collection refers to itself, interlocks with itself, explores the labyrinths it creates. With great calm and focus I silently arranged the sugary pearls- I organized, designed, and created small scale works of mathematical genius. We’re incredibly fortunate that these stories survived and that they contribute to our understanding of the Holocaust and mankind.


The Street of Crocodiles is a weird and wondrous book. Fiction Classics Literary Fiction print. I decided to walk to my uncle’s home.

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There are poetic evocations like the chapter “August”. No soda “You’re better off drinking pool water Nora!

And look into the other books that he has written. He lived in Drogobych all his life, being a recluse; he worked as a teacher of drawing and had a few friends, who had no idea of his literary aspirations. He lives deep inside his own imagination, “almost completely rid of bodily needs These stories slip from the limits imposed by ordinary spaces and times. Bruno’s father is shaped as an eccentric, an almost lunatic, constantly taking an interest in peculiar things, such as the long-forgotten rooms where mold and dust had settled, creating a throbbing world that disappears the moment one sttreet the door.

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The introduction is by John Updike. Ecstasy in the every day. A piece of the mural.

Embedded in the dream is a hunger for its own reification, a demand that imposes an obligation on reality and that grows imperceptibly into a bona fide claim, an IOU clamoring for payment. All attempts at organizing matter are transient and temporary, easy to reverse and to dissolve.

Introduced to Zofia Nalkowska, a prominent novelist in Warsaw, Schulz later sent her his stories, and her support facilitated their publication. I’d be sitting on the bus reading Street of Crocodiles I used every last nickel and dime – I begged borrowed or pilfered- I recycled and tue couches- all in the name of candy.

Jun 25, Agnieszka rated it it was amazing Shelves: Soon I seem to have re-established all of our family routines, because it was expected of me.


Account Options Sign in. Or do you mean the Franzen edition? There were fire engines at the corner, but they weren’t letting them in. He was commissioned by Landau, in exchange for protection, to paint a mural on a wall schupz his residency in Drohobycz. View all 17 comments.

This is partly because the settings are notionally mundane: About crocoidles Author Bruno Schulza Polish Jew killed by the Nazis inis considered by many to have been the leading Polish writer between the two world wars. I have grown into someone less ingenuous, though I hope not less true of heart and so burno the textured-pavers-musical-notation as night writing, obscuring symbols. The young manthough he was tall and thin, crouched into a fetal position like a small child and was then passed from the lap of one family member to the other ending with his mother.

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Not only the father, but also the outer world is presented in a poetic manner, bordering on surreal: I heard the windows shake from the powerful growl of the swollen lips, mixed with the explosions of entreaties, laments, and threats uttered by Father. Stay in Touch Sign up.

A Brothers Quay stop-motion animation, Street of Crocodilesis based on the book. His recent rise to acclaim in this country mirrors, with a lag of only a few years, that of Joseph Roth. The tragedy is that a book can only work sdhulz magic, if it survives the calamity of its era.