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“This autumn is a great traveling theater dissembling through poetry...” An excerpt from Bruno Schulz’s ...
2021-10-19 09:00:00

Bruno Schulz, “Second Autumn”
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Bruno Schulz, “Second Autumn”
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“This autumn is a great traveling theater dissembling through poetry, an enormous, colorful onion shedding layer after layer in a continually renewed panorama. One can never reach its core. Behind every coulisse as it wilts and folds with a rustling sound, a new and radiant prospect appears, alive and true for a moment before, dying out, it betrays its paper nature. And all perspectives are painted and all panoramas are made of pasteboard, and only the smell is true, the smell of wilting coulisses, the smell of a great dressing room full of greasepaint and incense. And at dusk, great disorder and the jumble of the coulisses, the disarray of discarded costumes among which one flounders endlessly as among rustling, wilted leaves. And there is great anarchy, and everyone pulls the curtain ropes, and the sky, the great autumn sky, hangs in scraps of prospects and is filled with the creaking of pulleys.”

Illustration by Joanna Grochocka
Illustration by Joanna Grochocka

Bruno Schulz, “Second Autumn”, in Collected Stories, Northwestern University Press, 2018

Translated from the Polish by Madeline G. Levine

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Joanna Grochocka

Joanna Grochocka

Born and raised in Sopot, Joanna spent most of her childhood drawing and reading, which led her to the early conclusion that in the future she would make a living from writing and illustrating books. To some extent, she was right: she creates magazine and book illustrations, as well as posters, murals and art installations. She draws and paints, she takes photographs, she makes collages and collects pretty clippings. Joanna holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Gdańsk. She also studied Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts, but quickly decided not to suffer through a formal art education, and quit with no regrets after two years. She used to work within the Independent Media Workshop collective Obin.org in the Artists’ Colony, located in Gdańsk Shipyard. There Joanna experienced one of the most inspiring and absurd periods of her life, learning how to climb shipyard cranes and create art that’s relevant only while it’s being created. She enjoys pretty little things, anecdotes from the lives of Dadaists, dialogues from Lewis Carroll’s books, life advice from Hakim Bey, glitter, Franciszka Themerson’s drawings, and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s teachings. Her Instagram account is @joanna.grochocka