Originally published in 1965, The Painted Bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure. Called by the Los Angeles Times "one of the most imposing novels of the decade" it was eventually translated into more than 30 languages.
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. It is the first, and the most famous, novel by one of the most important and original writers of this century.
"One of the best. . . . Written with deep sincerity and sensitivity." (Elie Wiesel,
The New York Times Book Review)
"Extraordinary... literally staggering...one of the most powerful books I have ever read." ( Harper’s magazine)
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Thought provoking and very moving
- Alison Saunders
Enthralling and hard hitting tale
- Newey Beth