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Jerzy Kosiński (1933–1991)

Author of The Painted Bird

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About the Author

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 show more 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. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Jerzy Kosinski, Miami Book Fair International, 1985, by "MDCArchives" (Wikimedia Commons)

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Being There [1979 film] (1979) — Screenwriter — 143 copies
Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex (1999) — Contributor — 85 copies
Reds [1981 film] (1981) — Cast — 81 copies
Wolf's Complete Book of Terror (1979) — Contributor — 75 copies
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Contributor — 52 copies
Playboy Magazine ~ March 1982 (1982) — Author — 2 copies

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Story: 2.5 / 10
Characters: 4
Setting: 6
Prose: 5.5

Themes: Autofiction, autobiographical fiction, numerology, safe sex, AIDS, writing, editing, celebrity, fame, exposure
 
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MXMLLN | 2 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |
Story: 8 / 10
Characters: 9
Setting: 9
Prose: 10
 
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MXMLLN | 3 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |
My first favourite book, from age 15 to about 30.
The ending is a bit ambiguous, so it's definitely worth watching the film to see how Kosinski's screenplay differs slightly from his novel.
 
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MXMLLN | 45 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |
Just like his lying co-religionist, Elie Weisel "Night", Jerry Kosinski turned out to be a fraud intent on adding his 10 cents to the holocaust myth - 6,000,000 is a wholly unsupported figure - but - real figures for WW2 dead are: 24,000,000++ Russians, 8,800,000 Germans, 20,000,000++- Chinese - Japan 3,100,000, and the USA gave up 420,000 of its boys - in total the war led to 45,000,000 dead civilians, 15,000,000 dead soldiers, and 25,000,000 battle wounded - that totals an astonishing 85,000,000 dead and wounded but all we ever hear about (endlessly) are the so-called 6,000,000.… (more)
 
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