— bruno schulz, ‘spring’, ch. 13 (from ‘sanatorium under the sign of the hourglass’)
In the years 1920-22, Bruno Schulz created a graphic series in the cliche-verre technique unknown at the time in Poland. He called it the X Book of Idolatry in honor of the heroine, a demonic woman unattainable to men - an idol with whom contact could be established only through a look of surrender, sometimes through the touching of a stocking or a foot.
The scandalous series, the only one that Schulz ever created and one revealing the world of his imagination, was shown exclusively to close friends and a public distant from his native Drohobycz. The untimely death of Schulz at the hands of a Gestapo officer stands as one of the great losses to modern literature.