Books by Jerzy Kosinski

ORAL PLEASURE by Jerzy Kosinski
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"Pieces that reveal a fine mind, a creative imagination and, sometimes, an idiosyncratic notion of fact."
A collection of interviews, speeches and essays by the late author, whose literary reputation plummeted after a 1982 article in the Village Voice accused him of plagiarism and employing ghostwriters. Read full book review >
PASSING BY by Jerzy Kosinski
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"Despite his intellectuality, Kosinski is not a gripping essayist—though there are some raisins in the cake."
Posthumous gathering of minor articles by Polish-American novelist Kosinski (1933-91). Read full book review >
PINBALL by Jerzy Kosinski
Released: March 1, 1982

"In short: Kosinski's weakest work yet, with some merchandisable sleaze and glitter here and there, but essentially as dreary as it is empty."
Like Passion Play (1979), this enervating novel suggests that Kosinski has reached a creative dead end: recycling his familiar themes and situations, but without the stylish starkness or the sense of danger in his genuinely disturbing early work. Read full book review >
PASSION PLAY by Jerzy Kosinski
Released: Sept. 1, 1979

"If Kosinski wants to start getting sympathy for his alter-egos, he'll have to stop writing shock-a-thons to fit his thematic formula—which may be a good idea, considering the lumbering obviousness of this latest effort."
When we disbelieve what others could do, we end up disbelieving what we could do ourselves. Read full book review >
BLIND DATE by Jerzy Kosinski
Released: Nov. 14, 1977

"But this latest inventory is quick to take hold and hard to shake off."
Once more, with horror, as another Kosinski-an, foreign-born American—George Levanter of "Investors International"—goes out on a taut, unconnected series of international "blind dates" with violence and debasement. Read full book review >
COCKPIT by Jerzy Kosinski
Released: Aug. 14, 1975

"Even while Tarden is flashing backwards and forwards, the reader feels as if he's marking time."
Closer in character to Steps (its sexuality and violence) than anything Kosinski has done since, this is a vicious peepshow-parable about a world we reluctantly recognize now and then through the eyes of one of those distant narrators as cold as the frozen funds he's accumulated. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL TREE by Jerzy Kosinski
Released: Feb. 14, 1972

A novel about psychic attrition and fission by the author of The Painted Bird and most recently Being There which is about the dislocation and divisiveness of a young man, Whalen, while also featuring the emptiness of contemporary life. Read full book review >
BEING THERE by Jerzy Kosinski
Released: April 21, 1971

"As an envoi, who could say it any more persuasively than Mr. Kosinski's Russian writer: 'One could make this fable clearer still: but let us not provoke the geese.'"
After the literal horror of The Painted Bird and the inchoate horror of Steps, this is a seriocomic cryptofable, a commentary on 'being there' or rather not being at all, in which passivity is perhaps a kindlier fate than participation. Read full book review >
STEPS by Jerzy Kosinski
Released: Oct. 15, 1968

What Jerzy Kosinski was saying, and portraying, in The Painted Bird (1965), his semi-autobiographical account of a six year old boy evading the Nazis across the Polish countryside, was agonizingly apparent. Read full book review >
THE PAINTED BIRD by Jerzy Kosinski
Released: Oct. 14, 1965

"It's very hard to take."
In 1939, a six-year-old boy is sent-by his anti-Nazi parents to a remote village in Poland where they believe he will be safe. Read full book review >