"It seems that what I really want is a drug that will increase my consciousness of others, not myself": First British Edition of The Painted Bird; Inscribed by Jerzy Kosinski

  • The Painted Bird.

The Painted Bird.

$500.00

Item Number: 4672

London: W.H. Allen, 1965.

First British edition. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to the president of Skidmore College:”For Anne and Joseph Palamountin, with admiration and every best wish Jerzy Kosinski Skidmore, October 28, 1970.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket that has a closed tear to the rear panel.

The Painted Bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure. Kosinski's story follows a dark-haired, olive-skinned boy, abandoned by his parents during World War II, as he wanders alone from one village to another, sometimes hounded and tortured, only rarely sheltered and cared for. Through the juxtaposition of adolescence and the most brutal of adult experiences, Kosinski sums up a Bosch-like world of harrowing excess where senseless violence and untempered hatred are the norm. Through sparse prose and vivid imagery, Kosinski's novel is a story of mythic proportion, even more relevant to today's society than it was upon its original publication. "A powerful blow on the mind because it is so carefully kept within the margins of probability and fact" (Arthur Miller).

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