Last month we published a new translation of Kafka, and this month we publish a writer who did Kafka one better: "Kafka wrote a story in which a man turned into an insect, while Bruno Schulz wrote stories in which a man turned not only into one insect after another but into a crustacean too" (J. M. Coetzee, The New York Review of Books).
Unsung in his lifetime outside of his native Poland, Schulz is now regarded as the
one of the most gifted and influential writers of the twentieth century, and for the
first time, with The Street of Crocodiles and Other Stories, American readers have access
to all of Schulz's extant fiction (a novel thought to be called The Messiah, among other
writings, has never been found). Here in one volume is The Street of Crocodiles together with
Schulz's collection Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass plus three previously uncollected
stories and thirty of Schulz's luminous and haunting drawings. The Los Angeles Times has already
called our edition "magical and unforgettable."
The likes of Philip Roth, John Updike, and Cynthia Ozick have been Bruno
Schulz evangelists for years, and with this new Penguin Classics edition,
Jonathan Safran Foer, the bestselling author of Everything Is Illuminated
and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, comes out as a fan, too, contributing
a dazzling foreword that will send you racing to read the stories and counting
yourself among the newest devotees of Schulz's distinctive surrealist vision.