The painted bird

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Originally published in 1965, The Painted Bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure. Kosinski's story follows a dark-haired, olive-skinned boy, abandoned by his parents during World War II, as he wanders alone from one village to another, sometimes hounded and tortured, only rarely sheltered and cared for. Through the juxtaposition of adolescence and the most brutal of adult experiences, Kosinski sums up a Bosch-like world of harrowing excess where senseless violence and untempered hatred are the norm. Through sparse prose and vivid imagery, Kosinski's novel is a story of mythic proportion, even more relevant to today's society than it was upon its original publication.
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author Kosinski, Jerzy, 1933-1991.
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The classic novel of a boy's struggle for survival in WWII Poland, from the National Book Award–winning author of Steps and Being There.

"In 1939, a six-year-old boy is sent by his anti-Nazi parents to a remote village in Poland where they believe he will be safe. Things happen, however, and the boy is left to roam the Polish countryside. . . . To the blond, blue-eyed peasants in this part of the country, the swarthy, dark-eyed boy who speaks the dialect of the educated class is either Jew, gypsy, vampire, or devil. They fear him and they fear what the Germans will do to them if he is found among them. So he must keep moving. In doing so, over a period of years, he observes every conceivable variation on the theme of horror" (Kirkus Reviews).

Originally published in 1965, The Painted Bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure. With sparse prose and vivid imagery, it is a story of mythic proportion and timeless human relevance.

"One of the best . . . Written with deep sincerity and sensitivity." —Elie Wiesel, The New York Times Book Review

"Of all the remarkable fiction that emerged from World Wat II, nothing stands higher than Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird. A magnificent work of art, and a celebration of the individual will. No one who reads it will forget it; no one who reads it will be unmoved by it. The Painted Bird enriches our literature and our lives." —Jonathan Yardley, The Miami Herald

"Extraordinary . . . Literally staggering . . . One of the most powerful books I have ever read." —Richard Kluger, Harper's Magazine

"One of our most significant writers." —Newsweek

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subject_facet Abandoned children -- Europe, Eastern -- Fiction, Poland -- History -- Occupation, 1939-1945 -- Fiction, World War, 1939-1945 -- Europe, Eastern -- Fiction
title_display The painted bird
title_full The Painted Bird, The Painted Bird Kosinski, Jerzy., The painted bird / Jerzy Kosinski, The painted bird / Jerzy Kosinski ; with an introduction by the author
title_short The painted bird
topic_facet Abandoned children, Fiction, History, Literature, World War, 1939-1945