Bruno lives

Polish writer Bruno Schulz continues to gain some of the acknowledgement he failed to obtain during his tragically shortened life. Earlier this month a festival devoted to Schulz took place in Lublin in Eastern Poland, not far from his native Drohobycz (today Drohobych, Ukraine).

The festival is called Bruno4ever, a title which, if Schulz were alive today, his girlfriend would undoubtedly have a tattoo of. The festival has been running since 2008 and previous guests have included Ukrainian writer Yuri Andrukhovych. You can see the 2011 program in English here.

There also seems to have been events in Drohobych, one of which was a meeting with the Israeli creators of the play My Father is not a Bird by Shchar Pinkas and directed by Shir Goldberg. The play is based on Schulz’s The Cinnamon Shops (or The Street of Crocodiles) and premiered at this year’s Israel Festival in Jerusalem.

Speaking of Schulz’s father and birds, independent publishers of contemporary European literature Peirene Press are holding a Month of the Short Story, with the latest selection being Schulz’s story “The Birds.” Other featured short stories include Borges’ “The Zahir” and Italo Calvino’s “The Man Who Shouted Teresa” (all stories available online). The month is capped off by a short story competition (deadline December 1) that rewards the winner with publication on its website and a 2012 subscription.

The translation of “The Birds” comes from a website devoted to Schulz called Schulzian containing translations of a lot of Schulz’s writings by John Curran Davis, including uncollected stories, essays, literary criticism and some of Schulz’s letters. There are also links to video clips, such as from The Quay Brothers’ “Street of Crocodiles” as well as to a trove of articles about Schulz.

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