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Kosinski, Jerzy 1933-1991

Works: 195 works in 1,217 publications in 21 languages and 30,829 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Drama  Comedy films  Film adaptations  Psychological fiction  Biographical films  Personal narratives  Interviews  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, vac, Performer, Actor, Scenarist, Costume designer, Dubious author, Conceptor
Classifications: PS3561.O8, 813.54
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Most widely held works by Jerzy Kosinski
The painted bird by Jerzy Kosinski( Book )

218 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 3,974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally published in 1965, The Painted Bird established Jerzy Kosinski as a major literary figure. Kosinski's story follows a dark-haired, olive-skinned boy, abandoned by his parents during World War II, as he wanders alone from one village to another, sometimes hounded and tortured, only rarely sheltered and cared for. Through the juxtaposition of adolescence and the most brutal of adult experiences, Kosinski sums up a Bosch-like world of harrowing excess where senseless violence and untempered hatred are the norm. Through sparse prose and vivid imagery, Kosinski's novel is a story of mythic proportion, even more relevant to today's society than it was upon its original publication. -- from (Jan. 12, 2016)
Being there by Jerzy Kosinski( Book )

143 editions published between 1970 and 2007 in 10 languages and held by 2,885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Chauncey Gardiner - Chance, an enigmatic but distinguished man who emerges from nowhere to become an heir to the throne of a Wall Street tycoon, a presidential policy adviser, and a media icon. Truly "a man without qualities," Chance's straightforward responses to popular concerns are heralded as visionary. But though everyone is quoting him, no one is sure what he's really saying. And filling in the blanks in his background proves impossible. Being There is a brilliantly satiric look at the unreality of American media culture that is, if anything, more trenchant now than ever
Steps by Jerzy Kosinski( Book )

90 editions published between 1968 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 2,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kosinski's groundbreaking work presents discrete scenes recalled by a protagonist whose unfeeling acceptance of violence and cruel behavior being inflicted on others is a commentary on the disturbing undercurrents of modern culture
Being there by Hal Ashby( Visual )

15 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in English and held by 1,696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chance is a secluded gardener who has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television. After a run in with a limousine, he ends up a guest of Eve and her husband Ben. Ben is an influential, but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, as well as an unlikely political insider
The devil tree by Jerzy Kosinski( Book )

58 editions published between 1973 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jonathan Whalen's life has been determined from the start by the immense fortune of his father, a steel tycoon. Whalen's childlike delight in power and status mask a greater need, a desire to feel life intensely, through drugs, violence, sex, and attempts at meaningful connection with other people--whether lovers or the memory of his dead parents. But the physical is all that feels real to him, and as he embarks on a journey to Africa with his godparents, Whalen's embrace of amoral thrill accelerates toward ultimate fulfillment
Blind date by Jerzy Kosinski( Book )

56 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 1,610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Levanter, victim, avenger and voyeur, has a series of "blind dates" with violence and debasement
Cockpit : a novel by Jerzy Kosinski( Book )

65 editions published between 1975 and 2003 in 11 languages and held by 1,480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Par l'auteur de "L'oiseau bariolé", une incursion assez étrange dans le monde de l'espionnage. Agent secret en rupture de contrat, le héros oscille entre la bienveillance et le sadisme dont l'auteur joue en pastichant les lieux-communs du genre
Passion play by Jerzy Kosinski( Book )

39 editions published between 1979 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 1,400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this tale of love and loss, the hero Fabian roams America in his custom-built "VanHome", searching, judging, and testing--himself most of all. His livelihood is polo--not the millionaire's team sport, but the life-threatening duel of clashing horsemen. The VanHome serves as his refuge, transport, and stable for his two horses
Pinball by Jerzy Kosinski( Book )

67 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in 12 languages and held by 1,203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young woman, assisted by a once famous classical composer, investigates the identity of a fantastically popular but mysteriously incognito rock-and-roll star
The hermit of 69th Street : the working papers of Norbert Kosky by Jerzy Kosinski( Book )

29 editions published between 1987 and 1994 in English and Polish and held by 1,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel fictionalizing the composition of a novel by burned-out writer Norbert Kosky. The fictional author Kosky is presented as a tantric Jew, macho enigma, and first-rate second-rate novelist--generally bearing an uncanny resemblance to the actual author, Kosinski. The resulting text is is pun-filled and accompanied by copious scholarly footnotes, demonostrating the author's obsession with the Holocaust, cabala, literary theory, and girlie magazines
Passing by : selected essays, 1962-1991 by Jerzy Kosinski( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jerzy Kosinski's suicide in 1991 shocked the literary world. A Polish emigre who had survived unspeakable horrors as a child during World War II, Kosinski was a flamboyant figure whose death only added to the aura of mystery that surrounded him. Passing By is Kosinski's legacy, a collection of writings, never before published in book form, that answers many questions about Kosinski and his work - a revealing and provocative self-portrait by an author whose life was
A fool and his money( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sandra Bullock and Jonathan Penner star in this hilarious, sexy comedy. New York advertising executive, Morris Codman(Jonathan Penner), seems to have it all - lots of talent and a beautiful girlfriend, Debbie (Sandra Bullock). When he loses his job he decides to use his advertising expertise to create, package and market a shady product that will make him millions. Debbie tries to convince him that money isn't everything and that she loves him just the way he is. Morris' bizzare antics in promoting his product surprisingly lead to a fortune, but can love survive his quest for the almighty dollar?"
Łódź Ghetto( Visual )

7 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in English and Hebrew and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Regarded as the most authentic film about the Jewish life within the Holocaust, this documentary uses the diaries of a single community to reveal the heroic struggle of 250,000 people trapped in the longest surviving Jewish community in Nazi Europe
The painted bird by Jerzy Kosinski( Recording )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during World War II
Hippocrene insider's guide to Poland by Alexander Jordan( Book )

4 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reds by Warren Beatty( Visual )

12 editions published between 1981 and 2007 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reds is the story of the love affair of John Reed and Louise Bryant in a war-torn world and how the Russian Revolution shook their lives. John Reed was an American Communist, journalist, and activist who was buried next to the Kremlin wall. Louise Bryant was a writer and feminist
Notes of the author on The painted bird; 1965 by Jerzy Kosinski( Book )

10 editions published between 1967 and 1972 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uns gehört die Zukunft, Genossen : Gespräche mit russischen Menschen by Jerzy Kosinski( Book )

10 editions published between 1961 and 1964 in German and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homo Sowjeticus : der Mensch unter Hammer und Sichel by Jerzy Kosinski( Book )

9 editions published between 1922 and 1970 in 3 languages and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rhonda Roland Shearer, ambiguous figures : new bronze works, [exhibition] October 17-November 9, 1990 by Rhonda Roland Shearer( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The painted bird
Alternative Names

controlled identityNovak, Joseph, 1933-1991

Jerzy Kosiński pisarz amerykański polskiego pochodzenia

Jerzy Kosinski Pools scenarioschrijver (1933-1991)

Jerzy Kosiński US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller polnischer Abstammung


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Kosiński, Jerzy Nikodem.

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Lewinkopf, Jerzy Nikodem

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Lewinkopf, Josek

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Novak J. 1933-1991

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Novak Joseph 1933-1991

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Косински Е. 1933-1991

Косински, Ежи, 1933-1991

Косинский Д. 1933-1991

Косинский Е. 1933-1991

Косинский, Ежи

Косиньский Е. 1933-1991

Левинкопф Е. Н. 1933-1991

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Јежи Косински

יז'י קושינסקי

נובק, יוסף

קושינסקי, יז׳י, 1933-1991־

جرزی کوزینسکی

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코진스키, 저지 1933-

コシンスキ, イェジー

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