IBNA- 'The Street of Crocodiles' (1933), a collection of avant-garde short stories by the acclaimed Polish writer Bruno Schulz who was killed by Nazis in 1942 has been translated into Persian and published.
The book which features a rich and unique polish language, marked by various eccentric sequences of metaphors has been rendered into Persian by Shervin Javanbakht. Khoob Publishing in Tehran has released the work in 132 pages.
The collection tells the story of a merchant family from a small Galician town which resembles the writer's home town, Drohobycz, in many respects. The story abounds in mythical elements, introduced by means of the visionary and dreamlike literary depiction (e.g. frequently occurring motif of labyrinths), characteristic of the writer. It is thus mythologized reality, processed by the imagination, artistically distorted and enriched by all possible references and allusions to other literary works, to great myths, to other, more exotic domains of reality.
One of the most significant characters in 'The Street of Crocodiles' is the Father, who is not only the head of the family, a merchant running a textile shop in the marketplace, but also a mad experimenter endowed with superhuman abilities, a demiurge living between life and death, between the world of the real and the imaginary. Despite the literary fascination with the character of the Father displayed by Schulz, it is Józef whom he renders the work's protagonist and narrator. In the character of this young boy, eagerly discovering the world that surrounds him, many of Schulz's own traits are clearly visible.
Jewish writer, fine artist, literary critic and art teacher Bruno Schulz is regarded as one of the great Polish-language prose stylists of the 20th century. In 1938, he was awarded the Polish Academy of Literature's prestigious Golden Laurel award. Several of Schulz's works were lost in the Holocaust, including short stories from the early 1940s and his final, unfinished novel ‘The Messiah’. He was shot and killed by a German Nazi, a Gestapo officer, in 1942 while walking back home toward Drohobycz Ghetto with a loaf of bread.