Teaser Tuesday

So here’s my first teaser on a Tuesday.

On those luminous mornings Adela returned from the market, like Pomona emerging from the flames of day, spilling from her basket the colorful beauty of the sun — the shiny pink cherries full of juice under their transparent skins, the mysterious black morellos that smelled so much better than they tasted, apricots in whose golden pulp lay the core of long afternoons. And next to that pure poetry of fruit, she unloaded sides of meat with their keyboard of ribs swollen with energy and strength, and seaweeds of vegetables like dead octopuses and squids — the raw material of meals with a yet undefined taste, the vegetative and terrestrial ingredients of dinner, exuding a wild and rustic smell.

~ from The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz (whew, a long two sentences!)

This is my first pick for the Read Around the World challenge, as the author is Polish. The writing is so juicy and vivid.

(I’m in Key West right now, where Hemingway references abound. It is a literal and literary breath of fresh air.)

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5 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday

    • afewofmyfavouritebooks says:

      What surprises me most about The Street of Crocodiles is that the writing reminds me a lot of the magic realism of Marquez say, but the author is Polish (not someone driven crazy by South American heat!), I’d always imagined Eastern European literature to be much more dark and somber. It’s a very nice surprise though.

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