Although it was already in that Schultz wrote the short story A July Night, it was included in the second volume entitled Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass which was published in Title[ edit ] The original title of the collection can be literally translated into English as "Cinnamon Shops. Cinnamon shops mentioned by the narrator of the story are situated in the centre of the town where the narrator lives. Plot[ edit ] An illustration by Bruno Schulz. The story abounds in mythical elements, introduced by means of the visionary and dreamlike literary depiction e.
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References Bruno Schulz July 12, — November 19, was a Polish Jewish writer, fine artist, literary critic and art teacher.
He is regarded as one of the great Polish-language prose stylists of the 20th century. Schulz was shot and killed by a German Nazi in while walking back home toward Drohobycz Ghetto with a loaf of bread.
Schulz was born in Drohobych, Austrian Galicia, historically part of the Kingdom of Poland before the three partitions, and today part of Ukraine.
At a very early age, he developed an interest in the arts. He then studied architecture at Lviv Polytechnic. His studies were interrupted by illness in but he resumed them in after two years of convalescence. In he briefly studied architecture in Vienna. His employment kept him in his hometown, although he disliked the teaching, apparently maintaining his job only because it was his sole source of income.
He also amused himself by telling his students stories during classes. Schulz developed his extraordinary imagination in a swarm of identities and nationalities: he was a Jew who thought and wrote in Polish, was fluent in German, immersed in Jewish culture, yet unfamiliar with the Yiddish language.
He drew inspiration from specific local and ethnic sources, looking inward and close to home rather than to the world at large. His writings avoided explicit mention of world events of the time period. Schulz was discouraged by influential colleagues from publishing his first short stories. She encouraged Schulz to have them published as short fiction.
In English-speaking countries, it is most often referred to as The Street of Crocodiles, a title derived from one of its chapters.
The original publications were illustrated by Schulz; in later editions of his works, however, these illustrations were often left out or poorly reproduced.
The Cinnamon Shops
In , an experimental theatre piece based on The Street of Crocodiles was conceived and directed by Simon McBurney and produced by Theatre de Complicite in collaboration with the National Theatre in London. It received six Olivier Award nominations after its initial run, and was revived four times in London in the years that followed influencing a whole generation of British theatre makers. It subsequently played to audiences and festivals all over the world such as Quebec Prix du Festival , Moscow, Munich teatre der Welt , Villnius and many other countries. It has been published by Methuen, a UK publishing house, in a collection of plays by Complicite. In , physical theatre company Double Edge Theatre premiered a piece called Republic of Dreams, based on the life and works of Bruno Schulz. The production premiered in Portland in
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. Even the schoolgirls wear their hair ribbons in a characteristic way and walk on their slim legs with a peculiar step, an impure expression in their eyes that foreshadows their future corruption. Desire is wrapped around the words of the text squeezing them tight, producing extended breasts, hips, and flared stocking clad legs. The young lad, who is our narrator, is of age to be beset by those hormones that make every female seem like the personification of Aphrodite. Even the glimpse of an elbow or a soft white neck or a foot can give a young man flutters in his stomach. He moved with the many-limbed, complicated movements of a strange ritual in which I recognized with horror an imitation of the ceremonial crawl of a cockroach. Schulz self-portrait.