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Jerzy Kosinski 's harrowing narrative, The Painted Bird , earned accolades from critics, yet also stirred a great deal of controversy when it was published in the United States in The novel, based on Kosinski's own experiences in Poland during World War II , centers on a young, unnamed boy's struggle to survive during the war by hiding in several remote villages in an Eastern European country. His parents had sent him to live with a foster mother while they hid from the Nazis, but when the foster mother dies, the boy is forced to wander alone from village to village. Due to his dark eyes and complexion, the villagers suspect he is a Jew or a gypsy and so continually torment him.

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In , Jerzy Kosinski, the Polish-American novelist and literary celebrity, appeared on the cover of the Times Magazine, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Naked to the waist, his shoulder leaning against a stable door, he wore polo boots and tight white riding pants; horse tack dangled whiplike from his left hand.

His skin was bronzed and glistening, his chest hairless, his expression opaque: stern, wary, perhaps a little confrontational. In the nineteen-sixties, Kosinski had become famous in Manhattan literary circles for his astonishing tales about the brutalities he had suffered during the war.

Abandoned by his parents at the age of six, he claimed, he had roamed the countryside alone, witnessing rape, murder, and incest, constantly fearing for his life. The book takes its name from an emblematic act of cruelty: a peasant, unusually skilled at trapping birds, paints his captives before releasing them, then watches as the rest of the flock, failing to recognize their former comrades, brutally attack them.

It was universally assumed that Kosinski was the painted bird of the title, and that the book, like the stories its author so often told about his life, was autobiographical. It gradually emerged that Kosinski had not spent the war alone and at the mercy of Polish peasants; he and his parents went into hiding, living as Christians under assumed names. Kosinski denied these claims, but he never recovered his prestige. In , he killed himself, and many attributed his suicide to the decline of his reputation and career.

But the figure at its center remains as enigmatic as his expression in the Leibovitz portrait. Or was he also a bird painter, blending fact and fiction in his own life and the lives of others in a way that was deliberately deceitful, even sadistic? Kosinski slips in and out of their fragmented narratives, a presence at once signally important and maddeningly elusive.

Of these figures, Svetlana Alliluyeva is the least fictionalized. But I had felt the same terror as that little boy. Lana, as she calls herself—many characters in this book go by multiple names—seeks out Kosinski. I lie even while I speak the truth.

But eventually she runs away from him, weary of his sadistic games. Only in this episode does Kosinski come vividly into focus. His opacity is perhaps appropriate, given that the actual Kosinski was a figure almost lost beneath his layers of imposture, but, as the book goes on, it becomes harder to invest much feeling in someone so maddeningly indeterminate. Often he seems almost like a stock figure, performing the role of Jerzy Kosinski before a credulous audience. Rather than yielding new insights into Kosinski, this section of the book mainly rehearses familiar stories about him.

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When he tells her of the atrocities he suffered, she insists that he write them down. Then they encounter Gabriela, a gorgeous red-haired orphan who has been jailed for prostitution. Both fall in love with her, enacting sexual fantasies in which she plays Little Red Riding Hood and they play the wolf.

It is a choice, one feels, that Kosinski would also have made. His mother has a secret of her own and enlists her son to help protect it. During these formative years, Jerzy develops a taste for the life of a spy and for the power that a secret-holder can wield, and he learns to fear the potentially fatal consequences of exposure. In this way Kosinski was indeed the ultimate survivor, though not in the way that Barbara Gelb meant. He never ceased to play the role that had saved him.

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A magnificent work of art, and a celebration of the individual will. No one who reads it will be unmoved by it. The Painted Bird enriches our literature and our lives. Originally published in , The Painted Bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure. A harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during World War II, The Painted Bird is a dark masterpiece that examines the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love.

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In , Jerzy Kosinski, the Polish-American novelist and literary celebrity, appeared on the cover of the Times Magazine, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Naked to the waist, his shoulder leaning against a stable door, he wore polo boots and tight white riding pants; horse tack dangled whiplike from his left hand. His skin was bronzed and glistening, his chest hairless, his expression opaque: stern, wary, perhaps a little confrontational. In the nineteen-sixties, Kosinski had become famous in Manhattan literary circles for his astonishing tales about the brutalities he had suffered during the war. Abandoned by his parents at the age of six, he claimed, he had roamed the countryside alone, witnessing rape, murder, and incest, constantly fearing for his life.

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