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Schulz, Bruno (Translated by Walter Arndt); Ficowski, Jerzy (Editor) & Zagajewski, Adam (Poet). LETTERS AND DRAWINGS OF BRUNO SCHULZ WITH SELECTED PROSE. New York City, NY: Harper & Row, 1988. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 256 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark collection of letters, drawings, photographs, and selected prose. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Edited by Jerzy Ficowski with a Preface by the great Polish poet Adam Zagajewski. Presents Bruno Schulz's letters, beautifully accompanied by his drawings and three fictional pieces, in a handsome edition. Schulz is regarded as a major writer of the 20th century on the basis of two slim books, "Street of Crocodiles" and "Sanatorium Under The Sign of The Hourglass". Through incomparable evocations of his inner refuge-world, Schulz creates a child-like universe that will permanently change every reader's expectations about life and literature. His letters represent the last remaining writings that have been found, and show an awareness of important cultural events during his time despite the fact that he lived all his life in a remote and provincial Polish town. A Polish Jew, Schulz was hunted down and shot to death on a ghetto street by a Gestapo officer (to get back at a Gestapo rival who was Schulz's "patron") during a particularly brutal pogrom in 1942. His fellow Jews were too terrified to remove his body and waited for days before doing so to bury him. After the Second World War, Stalinist Poland condemned his work, inflicting a second, even more fatal death. But true greatness is not only its own reason for being, reward or redemption. It is, as Ozick acutely observes, the spirit-force itself that quivers constantly with life, contains ghosts, and is immortal. Bruno Schulz is one of the great human souls who have ultimately prevailed in a world of soul-killers. "He wrote sometimes like Kafka, sometimes like Proust, and at times succeeded in reaching depths that neither of them reached" (Isaac Bashevis Singer). "Schulz strikes us, stuns us even, with its overload of beauty" (John Updike). A "must-have" title for Bruno Schulz and Modern First collectors. This title has been out-of-print for more than twenty years and is now collectible. This copy of the First American Edition was one of a limited and unspecified number that were distributed by the Kosciuszko Foundation to celebrate its 75th Anniversary (1925-2000), and is indicated as such with a gilt-and-red seal that is neatly pasted on the front free endpaper. This is the only such copy of the First American Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest artist/writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER BRUNO SCHULZ TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0060158964. $100.00

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