Bruno Schulz: Art, Murder & the Hijacking of History

Kings Place, London

Bruno Schulz was born an Austrian, lived as a Pole and died a Jew.

Without moving he was a subject of the Habsburgs, the West Ukrainian People’s Republic, the Second Polish Republic, the USSR and, finally, the Third Reich. But the artist and man described by Isaac Bashevis Singer as “one of the most remarkable writers who ever lived” remained throughout a citizen of the Republic of Dreams. Benjamin Balint, winner of the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and co-author of Jerusalem: City of the Book, joins us with a fresh portrait and a gripping account of the secret operation to rescue his last artworks and will be in conversation with Toby Lichtig.

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Speaker biography

Benjamin Balint

Benjamin Balint, a writer living in Jerusalem, is the author most recently of Bruno Schulz: An Artist, a Murder, and the Hijacking of History, which the New York Times called “the clearest, most evenhanded account to date of the tangled afterlife of the Master of Drohobych.” He is previously the author of Kafka's Last Trial, which was awarded the 2020 Sami Rohr Prize, named a Book of the Year by the Economist, and translated into a dozen languages.  His essays regularly appear in the Wall Street Journal and the Jewish Review of Books, and his translations from the Hebrew have appeared in the New Yorker.

Chair biography

Toby Lichtig

Toby Lichtig is the Fiction and Politics Editor of the Times Literary Supplement. He writes for a range of publications and has appeared as a guest critic on various television and radio programmes. He also freelances as a documentary producer. Toby was chair of judges of the 2018 JQ/Wingate Prize and of the EBRD Literature Prize 2020-23.

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