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Inside the Head of Bruno Schulz by Maxim Biller
Oct 13, 2015 | ISBN 9781782271444

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“Biller’s prose is ominous and lively… Inhabiting the author described by J.M. Coetzee as ‘incomparably gifted as an explorer of his own inner life’ is an ambitious mission, but Biller does it with grace, respecting the protagonist’s deranged and childish sensitivity with his bizarre imagery and menacing language. Fans of Schulz’s work will be particularly interested, but anyone can appreciate the way that Biller’s voice eases seamlessly into the mind of Schulz, making for a superb read. As captivating as the novella is, however, stories from the flesh-and-blood Schultz that accompany the book—’Birds’ and ‘Cinnamon Shops,’ both originally published in 1934—stand out as concise gems: shockingly catastrophic, somber, and eager to reveal the beauty and vulnerability of imagination.” — Publishers Weekly

“…it is an unceasing pleasure at the sentence level in Anthea Bell’s translation… Schulz’s novel, The Messiah, and another collection of stories were lost when he was shot and killed by a Nazi in 1942. Schulz’s letter to Mann, and a story he wrote for him in German, were also lost. And so the man whose writing Biller calls ‘as good as Kafka. Well—almost as good,’ represents more lacuna than substance, a mystery begging to be resolved in Biller’s magnificent, seemingly effortless mimicry of Schulz’s voice.” — Jewish Quarterly

“Biller’s Inside the Head of Bruno Schulz is a unique addition to the catalogue of books by Schulz devotees. Published by the Pushkin Press in London, it is a lovely thing to hold in your hand. . . For newcomers to Schulz this is an attractive offering. A bit of the master supplemented and introduced by one of his recent devotees. . . Biller’s story confirms the talismanic qualities of Schulz’s work and life, and his ongoing capability to motivate others to create strange new things.” — Canadian Jewish News

“A work as complex, as beautiful and as straightforward as a fibre-optic network, each little luminous thread separate but when bundled together capable of carrying immense amounts of information. . . perfect as an introduction to Biller and Schulz. . . In this book, Biller does nothing less than incorporate Schulz into himself, and by extension a 21st century in a Europe that is once again or possibly still embroiled in its boring, terrifying, circular anti-Semitism, at the same time smudging himself into Schulz’s world. . . Biller has given us a tiny and total work of art.” — The National Post

Praise for Bruno Schulz: 

“One of the most remarkable writers who ever lived” – Isaac Bashevis Singer 

“I read Schulz’s stories and felt the gush of life.” – David Grossman

“One of the most original imaginations in Europe” - Cynthia Ozick

Praise for The Street of Crocodiles

“A book I’ve always loved… a masterpiece” – Jonathan Safran Foer

“A rich stew of metaphysical mischief and meditations” – Michel Faber

“Rich in fantasy, sensuous in their apprehension of the living world, elegant in style, witty, underpinned by a mystical but coherent idealistic aesthetic… unique and startling” – J. M Coetzee

‘Cold, dark, magnificent’ Welt am Sonntag

‘Airy, bold, Mozart-like… a brilliant novella’ Süddeutsche Zeitung

‘The perfect invitation to read Schulz… Biller’s small novella is a great Kaddish’ Die Zeit

‘Biller writes with a matter-of-fact, unobtrusive elegance which is unmatched by any other German writer of his generation. His novella has attained the level of world literature’ Spiegel Online

‘A linguistic work of art, which shows the stylist Maxim Biller at his creative height’ Hamburger Abendblatt

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