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The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz

We deem it relevant to note here also that this particular review is more playful than we might like, a fact we tolerate in this case because it underlines that Bruno Schulz tells most of his stories from the point of view of a child with a very vivid imagination and a very extravagant taste in metaphor, at least in our opinion.

It joins the ranks of my immortal loves. I have not read anything by Kafka, but The Trial is next on my bookshelf to read, so I suppose I will have to let you know. It is a post-modernist fragmented novel with a distinguishable but structureless plot. Might it be that what actually happens in this provincial place could never be as exciting as what its inhabitants are capable of imagining?

Every inanimate object is alive in some horrid, pulsing way: No matter who had been home for dinner, we all gathered for an hour or so before going to bed. By the time I returned to the corner with our pastries, they had blocked the street.

We syreet a luminous space where a winking curser waits patiently to receive the reviewer’s words, words which may be written in a thousand different ways depending on the reviewer in question, sometimes baldly, sometimes boldly, sometimes in hints strreet ellipses, dashes and dots.

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Any perspective was welcomed, but this one particularly made sense– or proceeded to make nonsense, but nevertheless got the wheels turning when the crank was rusty. This excess is wasted. Well perhaps the Picador edition published in is the one Linda has? Then there is the uncle stripped of his personality by stringent psychoanalysis, a dig at Freudians, perhaps?


But that is only the first part of my story. The task was made even more difficult because I’ve read the English translation and bumped into a lot of words that I didn’t know, far more than in any other book I’ve read so far.

In Poland the risk was of finding mass graves. I had read that the original title in English too had been Cinnamon Shops. The solids and prisms of that shade darkly honeycombed the ravines of streets, drowning in a warm color here half a street, there a gap between houses.

The author nurtured his extraordinary imagination in a swarm of identities and nationalities: The Street of Crocodilestr.

Certainly it will be interesting to see if what Foer has made from the book has any resonance with the original I hope so; Foer wrote the bryno to this edition. Direct access to what really happened is impossible, which makes the question of what is believable irrelevant. Why does the narrator then say that his father is a condor? Leave a Reply Achulz reply Enter your comment here Schhlz details of his life are the stuff of legend.

That said, it took me a crocdiles to read the first story in this book. I suspect that this is a book that would reveal more on rereading. Such unexpected forms are nonetheless inherent in the infinite possibilities in matter. Return to Book Page. Even though I found The Street of Crocodiles nearly impossible when I first read it, I now find myself thinking of this book often. The servant girl Adela plays a part in many of the stories and seems to have more influence in the household than the mother.

Jan 30, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing.

The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories Reader’s Guide

These stories slip from the limits imposed by ordinary spaces and times. When I got close enough to look down our street, I could see that four houses on our side of the street were on fire. Most memorable – and most chilling The apartment can become light, just by pulling the curtains.


Tragically, he was shot to death around noon on November 19,at the intersection of Czaki and Mickiewicz Streets, on the eve of his planned escape.

Then again came days of quiet, concentrated work, interrupted by lonely monologues. Matter is made of magic, at its best.

There is a sense in which Jewish culture already seemed to be under threat by the conformism and intolerance of Western culture. After we passed a few more houses, the street ceased to maintain any schuoz of urbanity, like a man returning to his little village who, piece by piece, strips off his Sunday best, slowly changing back into a peasant as he gets closer to his home.

Just intermittently rereading one of my absolute favorites It was a lucky chance that one of his pen friends encouraged him to write – it was in these letters that his stories were shaped.

He then pretended to become even more engrossed in his work, adding and calculating, trying not to betray the anger which rose in him and overcoming the temptation to throw himself blindly forward with a sudden shout to grab fistfuls of those curly arabesques, or of those schulzz of eyes and ears crocosiles swarmed out from the night and grew and multiplied, sprouting, with ever-new ghostlike shoots and branches, from the womb of darkness. In fact, it is enough to stare at any of them, and at once you meet an insistent clinging look which freezes you with the certainty of fulfillment.

Anyone can mold it and shape it; it obeys everybody. One by one, over the next few weeks, I told everybody’s stories. Apart brunoo his work, his interaction with others consisted almost entirely of exchanging letters.

Even the mannequin was poking out of the top of the rubble, looking at me.