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3 Grossman’s White Room and Schulzian Empty Spaces

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David Grossman's book See Under: Love contains a number of hidden themes. One of them is the problem of limitations of language and, more specifically, of art as a means of expressing the unspeakable. This issue reappears in all the chapters, but its presence is most profound in Part II: Bruno. The problem of artistic creativity is also a reappearing motif in the prose of Bruno Schulz, a Polish-Jewish writer who was the prototype of Bruno from the second Part of See Under: Love. Undoubtedly, empty and tidy, offering pure potentiality, Trinity Square is one of the Schulzian 'empty spaces' and it is used as such in Grossman's novel. It appears that the scene in Trinity Square is the symbol of Shlomo's final transformation and that events described at the end of the chapter Bruno are synonymous with the moment when he finally enters the White Room.

Keywords: Bruno Schulz; David Grossman; empty spaces; See Under: Love; Trinity Square; White Room



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