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  Resources Page for Jerzy Kosinski
This is an interview with Jerzy Kosinski that took place in 1977.
This is a brief blurb on Kosinski's childhood and how he came to be a writer.
Kosinski also had many other famous novels of his that were turned into acts of plays.
collaboratory.nunet.net /goals2000/eddy/Kosinski/Resources.html   (417 words)

 Jerzy Kosinski
Born Jerzy Nitodem Lewintopf in Lodz in 1933, this son of well-to-do secular, intellectual Jews learned by the age of 9 that to live, he must not be himself.
Sloan argues that Kosinski's psyche was permanently damaged by the absolute necessity of his disguise as the Catholic Jurek Kosinski; he must hide his otherness--especially his circumcised penis--for to be found out was death.
Even without the lies, Kosinski was a seriously eccentric man. Unable to maintain close friendships, he most often played the role of trickster, showing off symbolic skills like his uncanny ability to hide himself in a room so that others were completely unable to find him.
users.bart.nl /users/scehv/el/jerzy.htm   (793 words)

 Jerzy Kosinski biography .ms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Jerzy Kosinski (June 14, 1933 - May 3, 1991) was born into a Jewish family in Lodz, Poland.
Describing the fate of a Gypsy boy travelling around a surreal landscape of the Polish countryside and hiding among extremely cruel and inhumane peasants during World War II, the novel is a metaphor of human fate: alienation in a dehumanised, hostile, and purely evil world.
Kosinski responded by writing The Hermit of 69th Street (1988), an attempt to show the absurdity of noting all prior art by inserting footnotes for practically every term in the book.
jerzy-kosinski.biography.ms   (508 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Kosinski's life and memories are scattered throughout the book giving the reader a window to see his life through the eyes of Levanter.
Jerzy Kosinski was born in Lodz, Poland in 1933.
Kosinski was separated from his parents shortly after Nazi Germany's invasion of Lodz, and the fear and violence that he experienced during World War II left a scar on his soul.
reports2.owns1.com /adate.doc   (1549 words)

 Jerzy Kosinski: Grand Calumniator of Poland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Jerzy Kosinski was the grand calumniator of Poland; Simon Wiesenthal is the grand calumniator of Ukraine.
The Kosinskis survived, she suggests, in part because Jerzy Kosinski's father, whose original name was Moses Lewinkopf, saw bad times coming and acquired false papers in the common Gentile name of Kosinski; in part because they had money...
Indeed, the heart of Siedlecka's revelations is her depiction of the young Jerzy Kosinski spending the war years eating sausages and drinking cocoa — goods unavailable to the neighbors' children — in the safety of his house and yard....
ukar.org /kosins.html   (6434 words)

 FORWARD : FastForward   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
As Kosinski told it, during the war he was separated from his parents and subjected to endlessly appalling circumstances, becoming temporarily mute at one point after being thrown into a pit of ordure.
Kosinski recorded these and other horrific tales in his 1965 novel, "The Painted Bird," which although published as fiction was widely regarded as a Holocaust memoir, a notion Kosinski did not attempt to disabuse.
Kosinski was himself an actor; in 1970s New York, he played a role of his own writing, carving out a niche for himself among the city's purveyors of culture.
www.forward.com /issues/2001/01.02.09/fast2.html   (741 words)

 Wiesel Letter 02 29-Mar-1998 Invitation to renounce Kosinsky and Wiesenthal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Her real scorn, however, is reserved for the son [Jerzy], who turned his back on the family's saviors and vilified them, along with the entire Polish nation, in the eyes of the world.
Wiesenthal differs from Jerzy Kosinski mainly in selecting as the principal target of his calumnies the Ukrainian people rather than the Polish, in being still alive, and in having largely avoided the discredit that is his inescapable ultimate fate.
The danger in not explicitly repudiating Kosinski and Wiesenthal is that you would then be helping portray the Jewish Holocaust as a unitary edifice, one concerning which all Jewish authorities agree, and to be accepted or rejected as a whole.
www.ukar.org /wiesel03.html   (1057 words)

 Books in Review: Jerzy Kosinski: A Biography
After the war, Moses Kosinski threw in with the "reds" against the "white" Polish loyalists, and when the Soviets took control, he was rewarded with a party appointment.
Despite his contempt for the political ideas of the young and their so-called "counterculture," Kosinski was an enthusiastic participant in the sexual revolution of the sixties and after.
Kosinski frequented the sex clubs like Plato's Retreat that flourished in Manhattan before the outbreak of AIDS, usually in the company of an attractive young woman not his wife.
www.leaderu.com /ftissues/ft9610/myers.html   (1643 words)

 Jerzy Kosinski   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
During the years 1988-1991 Czeslaw Czaplinski, a Polish born photographer who was on friendly terms with Jerzy Kosinski, conducted a series of interviews in the Polish language with the controversial author.
KOSINSKI'S PASSIONS is also a photo album, containing over two hundred photographs from Kosinski's private collections, from the collections of his friends all over the world, and my own rich archives.
My agreement with Kosinski stated that the book would be published in the Polish language and later translated into English, not because our conversations were conducted in Polish, but because Kosinski's books initially were published in English and only after many years were translated into Polish.
members.aol.com /darboski   (1271 words)

 Simas Kudirka: A Literary Symbol of Democratic Individualism in Jerzy Kosinski's "Cockpit" - Margaret Kapucinskas ...
Therein lies the key to Kosinski's astuteness in matters of social criticism; for he possesses both the objectivity of the outside observer and the subjectivity that results from his having been immersed in the two cultures he compares.
In the majority of Kosinski's novels, a clear pattern emerges, in which the so-called democratic state exhibits some of the negative characteristics of the totalitarian state.
Kosinski's purpose is aptly served by the oblique reference; for by preserving Kudirka's anonymity, the author elevates him to the status of literary symbol.
www.lituanus.org /1979/79_4_05.htm   (1396 words)

 boekverslag Cockpit door Jerzy Kosinski | scholieren.com
Kosinski is mainly interested in the extremes of the human characterand in exceptional relations and situations.
Kosinski describes a journey through a terrifying world of brutalities, nightmares, injustice, cruelty and meaninglessness, where man loses his dignity altogether.
Kosinski tells about Tarden's single-handed battle against a world which threatens to rob him of the one thing he can really call his own: His individual existence.
www.scholieren.com /boekverslagen/413   (2188 words)

 The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski - The Dark Spiral
Kosinski is a smart writer that can be really vicious sometimes and let's his imagination go into unforeseen territories.
I personally disagree with the reviewers that perceive him like this because of two reasons: (a) his viciousness reveals a side of the human being that exists and it's ok to write about it and (b) "Painted Bird" is not or was never intended to be a true story.
This is a Kosinski novel in which events unfold in an imaginative crude way: the way of Kosinski's imagination.
www.darkspiral.com /item/080213422X   (495 words)

 AllRefer.com - Jerzy Kosinski (American Literature, Biography) - Encyclopedia
Jerzy Kosinski[jr´zE kuzin´skE] Pronunciation Key, 1933–91, American writer, b.
Kosinski's other novels include Steps (1968, National Book Award), Being There (1971), The Devil Tree (1973), Cockpit (1975), Passion Play (1978), and The Hermit of 69th Street (1988).
However, during the 1980s Kosinski was shaken by scandal as critics charged that other authors had helped him to write his books and that his supposed roman A clef, The Painted Bird, which had made his personal and literary reputation, was not remotely autobiographical.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/K/Kosinski.html   (306 words)

 Alibris: Jerzy Kosinski
Kosinsky's classic satire of the power of the media--and especially television--was made into an Oscar-winning movie in 1979.
by Kosinski, Jerzy N. George Leventer is a Russian photographer whose life is explored from childhood to international fame, along with the loneliness that accompanies it.
An agent known only as Tarden is a former operative of the mysterious security agency "the Service." Now a fugitive, he has erased himself from all dossiers and transcripts, and moves across the landscape free of identity, in search of adventure and intrigue.
www.alibris.com /search/books/author/Jerzy_Kosinski   (773 words)

 Literary Encyclopedia: Kosinski, Jerzy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Jerzy Kosinski was born to well-educated Jewish parents in Lodz, Poland, in 1933.
That novel created a sensation, and for the next twenty-five years, Kosinski would produce eight more novels, establishing himself as one of the great literary curiosities, if not one of the major literary figures, of his generation.
However, Kosinski's perspective seems to lack the political conviction necessary for sustained satire; his characteristic tone is more that kind of irony that keeps turning back on itself.
www.literarydictionary.com /php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2558   (1115 words)

 Kosinski, Jerzy on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
However, during the 1980s Kosinski was shaken by scandal as critics charged that other authors had helped him to write his books and that his supposed roman à clef, The Painted Bird, which had made his personal and literary reputation, was not remotely autobiographical.
Jerzy Kosinski's being there, novel and film: changes not by chance.(Critical Essay)
The Documentary Mode in Jerzy Kosinski's "The Hermit of 69th Street."(Polish-American Jewish novelist)(Critical Essay)
www.encyclopedia.com /html/K/Kosinski.asp   (387 words)

 Commentary Magazine - The Painted Bird, by Jerzy Kosinski   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Jerzy Kosinski's brilliant and horrifying book belongs to an increasingly numerous genre of semi-autobiographical fictions by writers who were children during the war.
...Jerzy Kosinski's brilliant and horrifying book belongs to an increasingly numerous genre which includes Miguel del Castillo's Child of our Time (1957) and Giinter Grass's The Tin Drum (1959)semi-autobiographical fictions by writers who were children during the war...
...Kosinski's hypnotically convincing style, should be so needlessly awakened by a detail which is inessential to the book's fundamental vision...
www.commentarymagazine.com /Summaries/V41I6P94-1.htm   (1450 words)

 Jerzy Kosinski Bio
I met Jerzy in the late 1960s, and was asked by him to edit his National Book Award winning novel Steps, and then Being There.
[I] saw that before and beyond it all, Kosinski was a tormented, ultimately broken man who managed to crawl from under the iron-shadow of Nazi Europe and survive in body, but not in spirit.
In this shattering novel, Kosinski invokes the terror and suffering of a million and a half murdered Jewish children.
www.geocities.com /Hollywood/8200/kosinski.htm   (1196 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: Cockpit   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
It's also the only Kosinski book which I can really say shocked me - usually, I'm prepared for the horrible things which his characters do to each other, remembering that it is Kosinski even when things seem to be going well, but there's an episode in Cockpit involving the elderly which took me by surprise.
Kosinski's portrait of an ex CIA agent with a knack for controlling others is disturbing, diabolical, and ultimately entertaining.
In Jerzy Kosinski's novel "Cockpit" the hero - Tarden - is always in the cockpit, always in control.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0802135684   (621 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: Steps   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Kosinski's work is so good, it's almost hypnotic; and, as you read through each dark episode, it seems almost certain that this author weighed each word to produce the exact amount of tension for each scene.
The language and structure is poetry, and Kosinski's choice of the erotic and the sexual adds as a certain amount of chaos to his text, enabling him to construct his book without any sense of time.
The passage where I think Kosinski best answers this is when he writes, "Many of us could easily visualize ourselves in the act of killing, but few of us could project ourselves into the act of being killed in any manner.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0802135269?v=glance   (2786 words)

 Anyway » Blog Archive » Jerzy Kosinski’s “Being There”
Jerzy Kosinski’s Being There was a reasonably popular bookclub book, at least in part because it’s short and thus most people could read it in full (and some even read it twice!).
Several of us had also seen the film (screenplay also by Jerzy Kosinski).
Other bookclub members loved the book though and enjoyed figuring out the metaphors and wondering which bits of the book were inspired by which parts of Jerzy Kosinski’s life.
www.laurenwood.org /anyway/archives/2005/03/18/jerzy-kosinskis-being-there   (559 words)

 Jerzy Kosinski's East European Self - Questia Online Library
Starting over characterizes all phases of Kosinski's life and art —from his youth in Poland to his residency in the United States, from sociologist to novelist, from an East European writing in Polish to an American writing in English.
Kosinski's major fictional interest, the survival of the self in the post-war world, dramatizes the point that Kosinski also transcends geographic, ethnic, and cultural boundaries as he starts over.
The result is a public self (gregarious, cosmopolitan, witty) that contrasts sharply with his idiosyncratic private self—a fear of sudden arrest, an obsession with secret hiding places and false identification papers, and a habit of storing food and weapons in the trunk of a car.
www.questia.com /PM.qst?a=o&d=99230800   (392 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: The Painted Bird   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
A dark-haired Polish child who is taken for either a Gypsy or a Jew loses his parents in the mayhem of war and wanders through the countryside at the mercy of the brutal, thickheaded peasants he meets in the villages.
Kosinski's later work might have fallen into that category (he did a lot of short-story writing for Playboy and Penthouse), but this is far too brutal a work to be anywhere near titillating.
Kosinski has deliberately used a very young, innocent child as the protagonist in order to emphasize the destructive, corrupting nature of war.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/080213422X?v=glance   (2035 words)

 berniE-zine Book Reviews: The Painted Bird, by Jerzy Kosinski
by Jerzy Kosinski endures as a warning to the world -- do not forget that you, too, have a dark history.
Kosinski starts his story with a brief prologue, an introduction that lays a foreboding groundwork for the story that will later unfold in first person narrative.
Kosinski immediately sucks you in with his terse reportage:
www.homestead.com /rantsravesreviews/PaintedBird.html   (557 words)

 The Painted Bird Summary & Essays - Jerzy Kosinski   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
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.
The book was banned in Poland, his homeland, and he and his family suffered continual verbal and physical attacks by Eastern Europeans who considered the book slanderous to their culture.
www.enotes.com /painted-bird   (296 words)

 Daniel Webster College :: Library :: Jerzy Kosinski Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Scope: Born in Poland, Jerzy Kosinski received the National Book Award in 1969 for Steps.
Kosinski was also an accomplished screenwriter, photographer, and athlete.
Books about Jerzy Kosinski are listed in the Baddour Library on-line catalog under Kosinski, Jerzy, and under individual titles, ie.
www.dwc.edu /Library/kosinski.shtml   (188 words)

 Jerzy Kosinski
However, during the 1980s Kosinski was shaken by scandal as critics charged that other authors had helped him to write his books and that his supposed roman à clef,
The Documentary Mode in Jerzy Kosinski's "The Hermit of 69th Street."(Polish-American Jewish novelist)(Critical Essay) (CRITIQUE: Studies in Contemporary Fiction)
Jerzy Kosinski's being there, novel and film: changes not by chance.(Critical Essay) (College Literature)
www.infoplease.com /ce6/people/A0828145.html   (271 words)

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