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January 19, 2011 / Gem

Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes

Jonathan Safran Foer‘s all-time favourite book is Bruno Schulz‘s Cinnamon Shops, retitled The Street Of Crocodiles when it was translated into English 47 years ago. “Some things you love passively,” Foer told Vanity Fair, “some you love actively. In this case, I felt the compulsion to do something with it.” So Foer has cut Schulz’s text to ribbons and turn it into a different book credited to Jonathan Safran Foer. Snip seven letters from the title Street of Crocodiles and you get Tree of Codes – and so on, for 134 intricately scissored pages.

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