Title: The Painted Bird
Author: Jerzy Kosinski
Publisher: Pocket Books - Cardinal Edition (95037)
Publication Year: September, 1966
Special Attributes: 1st Pocket Cardinal Edition Printing
Used Condition: tight binding, clean text, no marks, not ex-library, 1" strip missing from lower spine, slight spine slant, name of previous owner inside front cover, edge wear
Drawing heavily on his experiences during World War II, Kosinski writes of a boy wandering through Poland--persecuted, traumatized and betrayed. Kosinski never downplays the brutality and violence of torture and rape; the novel is graphically realistic. The child is ultimately a survivor, but his confrontations with naked evil change him forever.
A harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during World War II, this classic novel, originally published in 1965, is a dark masterpiece that examines the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love. It is the first, and the most famous, novel by one of the most important and original writers of this century.
Industry reviews "It is a chronicle that THE PAINTED BIRD, Jerzy Kosinski's third book (but his first on this subject), achieves its unusual power. It is the story of a little boy and his experiences in exile. Whether he wants it or not and despite his willingness to forgive, he serves as witness for the prosecution. One of the best. Written with deep sincerity and sensitivity, this poignant first-person account transcends confession and attains in parts the haunting quality and the tone of a quasi-surrealist tale. One cannot read it without fear, shame, and sadness." New York Times Book Review - Elie Wiesel (10/31/1965)
Note on copyright page:
The front cover painting, "Monster with a Basket" from The Last Judgment by Hieronymus Bosch, courtesy of Skira and the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna