The Painted Bird

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Grove Press, 1976 - 234 sider
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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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Everything the blurbs on the cover said. It is heartbreaking, amazing, powerful. At times you want to turn away, but you don't; then, you realize that life is not always nice. The protagonist changes ... Les hele vurderingen

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The first rock thrown again Welcome to hell, little Saint Mother Gaia in slaughter Welcome to paradise, Soldier Is all BS! All of it! We a failure as a society, as a species, as individuals! We suck ... Les hele vurderingen

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Chapter 1
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Chapter 2
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Chapter 3
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Chapter 4
34
Chapter 5
42
Chapter 6
57
Chapter 7
66
Chapter 8
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Chapter 12
143
Chapter 13
156
Chapter 14
162
Chapter 15
172
Chapter 16
185
Chapter 17
196
Chapter 18
208
Chapter 19
225

Chapter 9
94
Chapter 1O
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Chapter 11
115
Chapter 20
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Side xxvi - To the rulers of my homeland, the novel, like the bird, had to be driven from the flock; having caught the bird, painted its feathers and released it, I simply stood by and watched as it wreaked its havoc. Had I foreseen what it would become, I might not have written The Painted Bird. But the book, like the boy, has weathered the assaults. The urge to survive is inherently unfettered. Can the imagination, any more than the boy, be held prisoner?
Side xii - Bird was the first in a cycle of five novels which would present 'archetypal' versions of the relation between individual and society: The first book of the cycle was to deal with the most universally accessible of these societal metaphors: man would be portrayed in his most vulnerable state, as a child, and society in its most deadly form, in a state of war. I hoped the confrontation between the defenseless individual and overpowering society, between the child and war, would represent the essential...

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Om forfatteren (1976)

Jerzy Kosinski was born in Lodz, Poland on June 8, 1933. In 1939, he was separated from his family when the Nazi's invaded Poland and he wandered through villages for six years, surviving by his wits. In shock, he remained mute from the age of nine to fourteen. He was finally reunited with his family. He moved to the United States in 1957. His first novel, The Painted Bird, was published in 1965 and received France's Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. His second novel, Steps, won the National Book Award in 1969. His other novels included Being There, The Devil Tree, Cockpit, and Blind Date. Blind Date tells the story of the Manson killings, which is where he would have been if he had not been stuck in JFK Airport dealing with improperly tagged luggage. He committed suicide on May 3, 1991 at the age of 57.

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