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The Painted Bird

Kosinski, Jerzy

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1976
ISBN 10: 0395242916 / ISBN 13: 9780395242919
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Title: The Painted Bird

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Publication Date: 1976

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket.

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Boston. 1976. Houghton Mifflin. 1st Printing Of Revised Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 234 pages. March 1976. hardcover. Jacket art by Roy R. Behrens. Inscribed by The Author. 0395242916. keywords: Literature America. inventory # 3190. FROM THE PUBLISHER - 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. Bookseller Inventory # 3190

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Winner of the National Book Award

The Painted Bird is one of the most shocking indictments of Nazi madness and terrors of the Holocaust during World War II. It is a story about the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love. It is a vivid and graphic portrayal of the hellish Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe as seen through the eyes of a boy struggling for survival, an alien child lost in a world gone mad.

Review: Many writers have portrayed the cruelty people inflict upon each other in the name of war or ideology or garden-variety hate, but few books will surpass Kosinski's first novel, The Painted Bird, for the sheer creepiness in its savagery. The story follows an abandoned young boy who wanders alone through the frozen bogs and broken towns of Eastern Europe during and after World War II, trying to survive. His experiences and actions occur at and beyond the limits of what might be called humanity, but Kosinski never averts his eyes, nor allows us to.

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