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The Painted Bird

Fiction: Literary Fiction
Unabridged   10.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/30/2010

An AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

Painted Bird

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Audio CD ISBN:9781615730803
Digital Download ISBN:9781615730810


Kosinski’s controversial and compelling modern classic is available for the first time on audio.

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Product Description

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 thirty 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.


“This audiobook deserves—actually, it demands—one’s undivided attention. In a soft Polish accent narrator Fred Berman spins this tale with a storyteller’s intimacy. . . . The production poignantly and beautifully captures Kosinski’s dark, melancholy landscape.”
      —AudioFile [Earphones Award Winner]

“Of all the remarkable fiction that emerged from World War II, nothing stands higher than Jerzy Kosiński’s The Painted Bird. A magnificent work of art and a celebration of the individual will. No one who reads it will forget it; no one who reads it will be unmoved by it.”
      —Jonathan Yardley, The Miami Herald

“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.”
      —Richard Kluger, Harper’s Magazine

Author Bio

JERZY KOSIŃSKI 1933-1991 was a Polish-American novelist, best known for the novels The Painted Bird (1965) and Being There (1971), which was made into a film. Kosinski has received numerous awards, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters award in Literature, the National Book Award, the Best Screenplay of the Year Award, and the American Civil Liberties Union First Amendment Award.

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