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Regions of the Great Hourglass

Regions of the Great Hourglass

Sixty-six years ago today, Bruno Schulz was murdered by a Gestapo officer in a concentration camp in Poland. Now recognized as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Schulz was little known outside his native Drohobycz during his lifetime, though he had made fruitful contact with several important Polish literary figures of his generation. He was friends with Stanislaw Witkiewicz, Witold Gombrowicz and Zofia Nalkowska, among others, exchanged letters with them and sometimes reviewed their works. His connection with the larger…

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Edmond Jabes

Edmond Jabes

I discovered the amazing poetry of Edmund Jabes back in the 80s, thanks to the foundational Random House Anthology of 20th Century French Poetry. Foundational for me, at least. His poetry stunned me with its wisdom, silence, profound silences, and made me think of other poets of the unsaid like Beckett, Camus, Hemingway, Celan and Blanchot. The power of the sun and the desert to create moments beyond language was his unique gift. His attempt to express those moments. The…

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