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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of our most significant writers. --Newsweek

One of the best . . . Written with deep sincerity and sensitivity. --Elie Wiesel, The New York Times Book Review

Of all the remarkable fiction that emerged from World War II, nothing stands higher than Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird. A magnificent work of art, and a celebration of the individual will. No one who reads it will forget it; no one who reads it will be unmoved by it. The Painted Bird enriches our literature and our lives. --Jonathan Yardley, The Miami Herald --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent novel but hideously flawed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite author along with Tolstoy and Solzhenitsyn
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4.0 out of 5 stars A brutal war story
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