Author Topic: Bruno Schulz - The Street of Crocodiles  (Read 1110 times)

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Bruno Schulz - The Street of Crocodiles
« on: June 25, 2020, 05:14:06 PM »
Finally reading this, after reading about it in books by John Gray and Thomas Ligotti. Schulz is meant to be a huge influence on the latter.

You can totally see it in the gleaming, flowing, descriptive sentences. It’s only a notch or two darker and you’re in pure Ligotti territory.

Anyway, gonna absolutely feast on this bugger.





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Re: Bruno Schulz - The Street of Crocodiles
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2020, 05:19:30 PM »
Holy shit those sentences were literally* bulging with description, almost to the point of erotica.



*metaphorically.

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Re: Bruno Schulz - The Street of Crocodiles
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2020, 05:23:25 PM »
They absolutely fuck you.

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Re: Bruno Schulz - The Street of Crocodiles
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2020, 05:29:05 PM »
it's a great one, much better than the more famous The Hourglass Sanatorium

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Re: Bruno Schulz - The Street of Crocodiles
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2020, 06:37:26 PM »
He does it all!

Mad father emptying his toiletings out a window? Check!




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Re: Bruno Schulz - The Street of Crocodiles
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2020, 01:22:23 AM »
Anyone seen the Quay Brothers film of it?

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Re: Bruno Schulz - The Street of Crocodiles
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2020, 08:46:35 PM »
Stuff all these 'curses' and 'harsh words' euphemisms, bring the utterances to me directly - alive and unspoilt.

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Re: Bruno Schulz - The Street of Crocodiles
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2020, 10:55:10 PM »
The chapter, ‘Birds’ — where his father starts ordering bird eggs from Africa, then starts a giant, mad aviary in the attic, marrying the birds etc, then starts becoming birdlike himself, until the sister gets fed up with the whole carry-on and goes up and sorts it all out with a broom — is one of the greatest things I’ve ever read. I suspect it’s deeply metaphorical and allegorical in lots of ways but it also just functions as a beautiful, bat-shit, other-worldly tale. I have never read anything like it. Kafka’s Metamorphosis I suppose comes close, but Schulz’s imagination and prose is just off the scale. Where the hell has he been all my life?

Re: Bruno Schulz - The Street of Crocodiles
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2020, 12:42:39 PM »
Had a re-read of this in my sights for a while. Anyone wants a hit of real life WWII desolation should look up Schulz' untimely death. Complete and utter waste.

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Re: Bruno Schulz - The Street of Crocodiles
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2020, 05:47:33 PM »
Tailors’ Dummies!

Between that chapter of TSoC and the essay on marionettes by Kleist, you have some of the best writing on human consciousness and existence ever produced.

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