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The Painted Bird

by Jerzy Kosiński

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.

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Recommendations: 1

Categories: Literature & Fiction

Reading time: 67 hours


Neil Strauss
Author and Journalist

It's really dark, but it's 'un-put-down-able'. I tend to give that away a lot. You learn about human nature through that book.