The Street of Crocodiles

The Street of Crocodiles

Book - 1977
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Penguin Putnam

A novel that blends the real and the fantastic, from "one of the most original imaginations in modern Europe" (Cynthia Ozick) 

The Street of Crocodiles in the Polish city of Drogobych is a street of memories and dreams where recollections of Bruno Schulz's uncommon boyhood and of the eerie side of his merchant family's life are evoked in a startling blend of the real and the fantastic. Most memorable - and most chilling - is the portrait of the author's father, a maddened shopkeeper who imports rare birds' eggs to hatch in his attic, who believes tailors' dummies should be treated like people, and whose obsessive fear of cockroaches causes him to resemble one. 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.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Books, 1977, c1963
ISBN: 9780140186253
Branch Call Number: FICTION SCHULZ
Characteristics: 160 p. ; 18 cm


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Aug 06, 2010

Never have I read a book quite like this before. This man, out of nowhere, conjures up such a whirlwind of imagination, giving feverish life to the everyday. Squares of sunlight dreaming on the floor, such metaphors flood the soul with emotion and poignancy. Be prepared for a nonsensical, but hilarious plot, instead of a novel treat it more as a painting boldly crafted with unexpected strokes.


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