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Regions of the Great Heresy: Bruno Schulz, a Biographical Portrait Hardcover – November 11, 2002

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"Without Ficowski there would be no Schulz, just as without Max Brod, there would be no Kafka."

Bruno Schulz was one of the great writers....[His] verbal art strikes us stuns, even with its overload of beauty. --John Updike"

Without Ficowski there would be no Schulz, just as without Max Brod, there would be no Kafka. --Jaroslaw Anders" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Polish
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (November 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393051471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393051476
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,902,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. M. Peterson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 15, 2009
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Sixty-seven years ago (on Nov. 19, 1942), Bruno Schulz was shot to death on the streets of his hometown -- Drohobycz, Poland (now Ukraine) -- by a Gestapo officer named Gunther. Schulz had thus far survived the Nazi occupation as a "necessary Jew" under the protection of another Gestapo officer, Felix Landau. But when Landau killed a Jewish dentist whose protector was Gunther, the latter retaliated, announcing, "You killed my Jew--I killed yours." So ended the rather dull and unhappy life of Bruno Schulz, a small, shy, sickly schoolteacher who had lived his entire 50 years in the provincial city of Drohobycz and yet managed to produce one of the most original and influential works of literature of 20th-century Europe -- "Cinnamon Shops" (or, as it is also known in the United States, "The Street of Crocodiles").

REGIONS OF THE GREAT HERESY (the phrase is borrowed from one of Schulz's stories in "Cinnamon Shops") is the only book-length biography of Schulz, written by the man most responsible for preserving and promoting Schulz as a noteworthy author. Jerzy Ficowski was enthralled with "Cinnamon Shops" when he first read it as an 18-year-old in 1942. He wrote a fan letter to Schulz, but it probably was never delivered, because Schulz had already been moved into a Jewish ghetto, something that Ficowski only learned after he learned about Schulz's murder. After WWII, Ficowski dedicated himself to collecting as much by and about Schulz as he could. Because of the incredible devastation that WWII and the Holocaust had wrought on the Jewish population of Poland, this was an extremely daunting task, searching for needles not in haystacks but in rubble, ashes, and memories.
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A passionate beautifully produced book giving an account of the life and work of this genius who was a Baudelaire in paint and Yeats in prose, yet largely neglected until recent years. Google him and don't forget to click on the Reference Section entry "Art works". Wallow in Eros and intelligence. The price of $5 I paid at Amazon was ridiculously low.
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Jerzy Ficowski's decades-long dedication to preserving the memory of Bruno Schulz has become legendary. This book is testament to his labors. It will long be the standard biography.
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