*FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Originally published in , The Painted Bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure. Kosinski’s story follows . For all intents and purposes, Jerzy Kosinski was on the fast track for fame under fire with the publication of his third novel, The Painted Bird. It was universally assumed that Kosinski was the painted bird of the title, and that the book, like the stories its author so often told about his life.

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Feb 01, Greta marked it as not-to-read. It is an incredibly difficult and important book, and the fact of the controversy surrounding it and the author only heightens its effect. Czech films of hte The boy is dark haired and olive skinned. Music, War and Love The Battle of the Conscious. The bladder moved slowly through the scattered tufts of grass.

In fact, it’s sometimes like the same short story written over and over again. But this is a novel, not a memoir, and should be evaluated as such. To what purpos Human depravity in the extreme – this book in a nutshell. I don’t harbor much hope of a recovery. The peasants would watch as the painted, blood-covered corpse plummeted to the ground. To support an interpretation that emphasizes individualism, consider the titular metaphor.


That being said, Kosinski also mentions that, amidst the overwhelming criticism from his native Poland, where it was banned, some of the book’s supporters were critical of his ‘watered down’ depiction of events, given that many occurrences that took place in Europe during the war were much more dramatic and cruel than those described in The Painted Bird.

The Polish peasant is made klsinski look stupider and more ignorant than any other being on the planet.

View all 56 comments. Kosinski, the most disciplined of writers, never lets up. Without communal protection he becomes doomed to a life of excruciating slavery.

A subtext of this novel is the importance of formal education. I did find the superstitions of the Slavic peasants tje be fascinating, but I would think long and hard before recommending this book.

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But you can see their point — this is an anti-Polish novel — no, an anti-Polish-peasant novel — no, an anti-Polish-peasant-during-WW2 novel — well, definitely one of those. Retrieved 9 September JK let it be understood that TPB might be autobiographical, and most of its first readers and reviewers accepted it as such — right now Amazon quotes the Merriam-Webster Encyclopaedia of Literature: Edit Details Official Sites: Out Stealing Horses At times it reads like Holocaust porn, horror piled upon horror with a sense he’s rather enjoying himself and inviting us to share his voyeuristic fascination.


Not because one is shocked; rather that one is embarrassed on the author’s behalf by his obsessive fascination for depravity.

To amuse themselves, peasants would capture a bird and paint its feathers.

The Painted Bird

Merchant Alexander Leopold Schank From the uncredited cover illustration of the Pocket Books edition. The book describes the wandering boy’s encounters with peasants engaged in all forms of thhe and social deviance such as incestbestiality and rapeand in other forms of extreme violence exciting lust.

Power is the key, and it doesn’t require magic. Published August 9th by Grove Press first published From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.