Search Results: "Jerzy Pilch"


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JERZY by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Kosinki's is a sad tale; he was a gifted raconteur except on the page in his chosen language, a flaw all the more obvious when conveyed through Charyn's resourceful imagination and always-colorful, punchy, provocative prose."
The rise and fall of novelist Jerzy Kosinski (1933-1991) emerges in an offbeat way through real and imagined figures in his life. Read full book review >

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THE MIGHTY ANGEL by Jerzy Pilch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2009

"A candid, caustic, intensely human depiction of alcoholism."
Winner of Poland's prestigious NIKE Literary Award, and the second of this important Polish writer's works to be translated into English. Read full book review >

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MY FIRST SUICIDE by Jerzy Pilch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2012

"It's hard to do justice to the outré and eccentric but gorgeous quality of Pilch's prose. Here he manages to pull off some neat literary tricks, frequently and self-consciously undermining the seriousness of his subjects with pricks of irony."
A set of loosely concatenated stories that don't quite add up to a novel but are nonetheless rich in character and in the exploration of contemporary urban life in Poland. Read full book review >

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A THOUSAND PEACEFUL CITIES by Jerzy Pilch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 2010

"If laughter actually is the best medicine, fortunate readers of this wonderful novel will surely enjoy perfect health for the rest of their days."
A planned political assassination is the central subject of this delightful 1997 novel, the third to reach English translation from its award-winning, highly popular Polish author (The Mighty Angel, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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HIS CURRENT WOMAN by Jerzy Pilch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Sheer entertainment."
A comic allegory about the impossibility of attaining complete freedom arises gracefully from the agreeable muddle of this 1995 novel—by a popular Polish writer who has a bit of the early Milan Kundera in him. Read full book review >

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JERZY KOSINSKI by James Park Sloan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 1996

"Kosinski may not have been much of a writer and was undoubtedly something of a charlatan, but his biographer reveals a life that reads like a wonderfully picaresque fiction. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Was Jerzy Kosinski a spy? Read full book review >

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Released: April 30, 1993

"Colorful yet contemplative, Peterkiewicz's story of remarkable recovery from loss and displacement is ensured an honored place among ÇmigrÇ chronicles. (Illustrations)"
A reflective, often poignant memoir of a youth spent in Poland and of a new life begun in Britain after fleeing the Nazi invasion; by ÇmigrÇ novelist, poet, and scholar Peterkiewicz (The Other Side of Silence, 1970). Read full book review >

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BLIND DATE by Jerzy Kosinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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PASSION PLAY by Jerzy Kosinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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BEING THERE by Jerzy Kosinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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THE DEVIL TREE by Jerzy Kosinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >

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STEPS by Jerzy Kosinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
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 >