"This morning I finished The Street of Crocodiles"

The Street of Crocodiles is a collection of short stories by Bruno Schulz, first published in Polish in 1934 (the original title was Sklepy Cynamonowe, which translates into English as The Cinnamon Shops). Revealingly, Bruno Schulz is also the name of Leo Gursky's best friend in The History of Love.

The real Bruno Schulz also deviated from reality in The Street of Crocodiles by using mythical elements to tell the story of a merchant family from a small Galician town similar to Drohobycz in western Ukraine where Schulz grew up. Tragically, the Jewish writer, artist and art teacher was shot and killed by a Gestapo officer following the outbreak of World War II.