THE STREET OF CROCODILES
Texts by Bruno Schulz
Music by Ernest Bloch, Mieczylaw Weinberg, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Dmitri Shostakowitch
with Ulrich Matthes, Speaker
It is one of the very great childhood narratives of the 20th century: The Street of Crocodiles, a round of autobiographical short stories from the sunken world of the Galician shtetl. Bruno Schulz was born in Drohobycz in 1892 and murdered in the Drohobyz Ghetto in 1942. He drew, he painted, and he wrote. Many consider him a Polish author, but Drohobycz, which he describes in a unique mixture of Kafkaesque drasticness and poetic fantasy, lies south of the then Austrian Lemberg, now Ukrainian Lviv. Ulrich Matthes and the Boulanger Trio take us into a world where dream and reality merge into a literature that will not let you out of its clutches again soon.