The 19th of November 2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the death of the extraordinary figure of the literary and artistic world.
2012 is the year of the 120th anniversary of the birth and the 70th anniversary of the death of Bruno Schulz. November is known as the month of Schulz, with events taking place in Warsaw, Wrocław, Kielce and Kraków. On the 16th of November in Warsaw, the Kordegard Gallery in Warsaw opened Drohobycz Artists, an exhibition of three artists linked with Drohobych, the small Ukrainian city where Schulz was born and lived. Curated by Teresa Śmiechowska and organised by the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, Drohobycz Artists includes six rare drawings by Schulz and one recently discovered pastel entitled Miasteczko / Village, and a fascinating video tour of Drohobycz today. The 18th Festival of Documentary Forms NURT takes place in Kielce between the 18th and 23rd of November 2012 and is entirely devoted to Schulz. The festival includes a concert by the Bester Quartet playing the score to the film adapted from Schulz's story collection, The Hour-Glass Sanatorium.
Bruno Schulz was born in 1892 in Drohobych, in western Ukraine south of the city of Lviv. He spent nearly his entire life there and was generally unwilling to travel, with trips outside of his native city that were sporadic and brief. He viewed Drohobych as the center of the world and, as an acute observer of life there, proved himself an excellent "chronicler." His writings and drawing are saturated with the realities of Drohobych, with stories replete with descriptions of the main streets and landmarks, and graphic street scenes and portraits of its inhabitants.
Schulz published two books of short fiction, Ulica Krokodyli / The Street of Crocodiles and Sanatorium pod klepsydrą / Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass. A novel on which the writer was working, The Messiah, is considered lost. On the 19th of November 1942, Schulz was shot and killed by a German officer in the Drohobych ghetto.
Source: PAP, culture.pl