"There are things that cannot ever occur with any precision. They are too big and too magnificent to be contained in mere facts. They are merely trying to occur, they are checking whether the ground of reality can contain them. And they quickly withdraw, fearing to lose their integrity in the frailty of realization ...."

(Bruno Schulz, 'The Book', Sanatorium under the Sign of the Hourglass, from The Collected Works of Bruno Schulz, Edited by Jerzy Ficowski, 1998, p. vi.)