Bruno Schulz (July 12, 1892 – November 19, 1942); Polish writer, fine artist, literary critic and art teacher born to Jewish parents. He 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. Schulz was shot and killed by a German Nazi in 1942 while walking back home toward Drohobycz Ghetto with a loaf of bread.

...Schulz developed his extraordinary imagination in a swarm of identities and nationalities: he was a Jew who thought and wrote in Polish, was fluent in German, immersed in Jewish...(

... one of 2 great Polish fiction writers of the 2 decades between the wars, and so luckless was he, so lucky are we by comparison, that we may read his complete works in one long, trash-blown, weedy, windy, starry, swirling, Lower Carpathian day. His complete surviving works, that is—and that is the legendary pity of it. Such a day need not even take up your time, for you may go there in time according to Schulz, a limb of freak time that sprouts seamlessly out of time as we think we know it....

...Schulz was a visual artist before he was a writer: he made pictures first and last, before he found the desire to write and after he lost it again. He was making pictures, probably out of nothing but the bare will to live, in the last days of his life. With a turn of mind at once visionary and solipsistic, he would have seemed, like Blake, the ideal candidate to design for himself the replete private cosmos of a book, text together with graphics, front to back, top to bottom, cover to cover; but he never did create it, except as a literary idea....
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