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The Painted Bird


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ISBN 10: 0553124609 / ISBN 13: 9780553124606
Published by Bantam Books, New York, 1978
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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A beautifully clean, crisp, mass-marker paperback in very good condition, inscribed by the author; lightly. Bookseller Inventory # 022523

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Title: The Painted Bird

Publisher: Bantam Books, New York

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

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Originally published in 1965, in hardcover, by Houghton Mifflin, this is the definitive, revised edition of the author's novel. Now regarded as a late-modern classic, it has been completely revised by the author, who has also added an introduction. Jerzy Kosinski was not at all happy with the first edition (1965), which was heavily cut and bowdlerized. This edition restores whole sections that did not appear in the previous one and also incorporates changes the author subsequently made. This is a graphically violent and deeply affecting novel of human brutality as seen through the eyes of a young orphan during the Holocaust. It is a powerful tale of a young Polish boy trapped during German occupation in World War II, and the brutalities that traumatize his childhood as he wanders alone from one village to another. This is a savage, unrelenting book, running the gamut from innocence to wanton barbarism, with whistle stops at everything in between. It is one of the most powerful and profoundly moving books written in the 20th century. One of the canonical titles of the century's literature, and Kosinski's finest, unsurpassable and magisterial achievement, this is the author's highly praised third novel, the first published under his own name. His first two were under the pen name of Joseph Novak, The Future is Ours Comrade&No Third Path.

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