The 5th International Bruno Schulz Festival kicks off this week in his hometown of Drohobych, Ukraine (formerly Drohobycz, Poland). Called “The Ark of Bruno Schulz’s Imagination” the festival also has some sideline events in the regional capital of Lviv, including an exhibition of his paintings and graphic works opening September 4. Schulz first exhibited in Lviv (then Lvov) 90 years ago in the Spring Salon of 1922.
The Drohobych festival begins September 6 and has some pretty awesome guests – Russian novelist Victor Erofeyev, Israeli novelist David Grossman and Polish historian and dissident Adam Michnik among many others. Novelist Yuri Andrukhovych will present the new Ukrainian translation of Schulz’s complete prose.
There is a full program of music, art, theater and discussions, including a presentation of the women from Schulz’s circle and a film about a former student of Schulz’s named Alfred Schreyer called The Last Jew of Drohobych (PDF film info).
Someone from the festival please send me a plane ticket. Besides all of the above I want to go on a “A Torchlit Nocturnal Saunter through Schulzian Locations” and see what The Book of Adherents of the Myth of the Intrigue of Bruno Schulz might look like (great title).
And the program mentions various surprises at the theater. Could this surprise by any chance involve a legendary actor holding a rambling, surreal dialogue with an empty chair? Wouldn’t that be great and somehow appropriate?