Book, 19.5 x 12.5 cm, 284 p, language: Polish, publisher: Kraków-Wroclaw: Wydawnictwo Literackie, ISBN: 83-08-01175-6.
©image: M HKA
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2025/235).
On winter days, the narrator’s father communes with an invisible world that he shares with the family cat. To distract him, his mother arranges to have the family attend the theater. Before the curtain rises, however, the father notices that he has left at home his “wallet containing money and certain most important documents”. The boy is sent home to fetch it. He steps into a clear winter night and soon finds his imagination creating “illusory maps of the apparently familiar districts”. Soon the town dissolves into “the tissue of dreams”.
Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice
As with the later Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass, Schulz supplied illustrations for Cinnamon Shops, though the director of the Rój publishing house, Marian Kister, rejected this extravagance from an unknown debutant. Then, in September, 1939, Rój’s Warsaw offices went up in flames in the Nazi invasion.
Authorship: Artist Author.
Creative Strategy: Artworks Cite Novel.
Publishing: Publishing House.
> Bruno Schulz.
> Exhibition: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE ARTWORK BECOMES A NOVEL?. M HKA, Antwerp, 07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.
> Exhibition: Book Lovers 4.0 (Pop-up Bookstore). De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, 28 January 2014 - 02 February 2014.
> Exhibition: The Preparation of the Novel (Book Lovers 5.0). Fabra i Coats - Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, 18 July 2014 - 05 September 2014.
> Exhibition: THE BOOK LOVERS - A Project about Artist Novels. The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, 25 January 2013 - 09 March 2013.
> Ensemble: The Book Lovers.