Friday, November 10, 2006

Put it on your Christmas list

Bruno Schulz's The Street of Crocodiles has been selected as the next group read for the Slaves of Golconda. Discussion will take place in late January, so anyone interested in discussing the book might want to request it as a Christmas present next month.

The Street of Crocodiles is a novella by a Polish writer who was killed by the Nazis during WWII. If you're a fan of Calvino or Garcia Marquez, if you like your stories Kafkaesque, if you're in the mood for something poetic and odd, then this one should appeal. I've wanted to read it since Nicole Krauss referenced it in The History of Love last year.

First paragraph:

In July my father went to take the waters and left me, with my mother and elder brother, a prey to the blinding white heat of the summer days. Dizzy with light, we dipped into that enormous book of holidays, its pages blazing with sunshine and scented with the sweet melting pulp of golden pears.

10 comments:

Dorothy W. said...

Cool. I'll look around for a copy right now.

Kate S. said...

Hooray! I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for presenting us with such interesting options. Once again a discerning litblogger broadens my reading horizons...

booklogged said...

I'm hooked by that first paragraph. Will be searching for it at the library, keeping my fingers crossed.

Stefanie said...

Looking forward to this one. What day in late January are we looking at for discussion?

Ella said...

I was thinking about skipping this one, since I have no faith I'll be able to find a copy, but then you had to go post the first paragraph. Now I'll have to hunt for it.

iliana said...

yea! I will start looking for it now so I can join in this time. It looks like such a good story.

Isabella said...

Yay! I've already put it on my Christmas wishlist, and am hoping to read it in Polish.

sfp said...

Let's try for the last day of the month. I'm THRILLED that so many people are interested in reading the book.

Isabella, how many languages do you speak? I'm very impressed that you can read Polish.

Anonymous said...

Sound very interesting. I will have to watch for this book.

Isabella said...

Susan: I was raised speaking Polish, otherwise I don't think I'd be able to learn it to any level of fluency, and I've lost a lot of it, but every few years I make a concerted effort to improve/practice. French I learned at school, and I'm only now passable in it, but only for the happy accident of living in a bilingual environment.