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Oral Pleasure: Kosinski as Storytellerby Jerzy Kosinski
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"Having once vowed never to speak in public, award-winning novelist and screenwriter Kosinski (The Painted Bird) certainly broke that promise — and the interviews, lectures, and essays compiled by his late widow, Kiki, illuminate the life he both exposed and concealed in his fiction. Kosinski (1933 — 1991) saw himself foremost as a storyteller, and the contents of this book are peppered with stories — most significantly the tale of his own childhood, spent fleeing Nazis across the Polish countryside during the Holocaust. In discussing the craft of writing, he emphasizes the blurred line between fiction and autobiography that leads to 'autofiction,' which involves 'openly integrating elements of my own life, in a distorted manner, into my fiction.' Containing more than 60 documents from Kosinski's career, the book flows like a conversation: sometimes repeating itself, sometimes following non sequiturs onto tangential topics, but thanks to the strength of Kosinski's voice, still coherent and recognizably whole. It takes effort to get through this book — the kind of concentration that Kosinski himself saw disappearing in America — but even without prior knowledge of his work, Kosinski rewards those willing to engage with his stories. Agent: Ellen Levine, Trident Media Group." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
KOSINSKI AS STORYTELLER is a collection of interviews, lectures, and transcriptions of media appearances of the legendary literary figure, Jerzy Kosinski. Compiled by his late widow Kiki, most are published here for the first time. These texts reveal his extraordinary gifts as a storyteller and bring new insight into the themes in his works. The compilation makes this strikingly erratic individual accessible.
With a career clouded by doubt,these pieces provide a glimpse of the man behind the controversy. His most famous novel, The Painted Bird is a dark masterpiece Elie Wiesel called one of the best” in Holocaust literature. The praise was overshadowed by fierce accusations of plagiarism from the Village Voice and the scandal irreversibly tainted Kosinskis literary career.
Grouped together in three main themes, literary, political and cultural, the pieces cover aspects of Kosinskis eventful life. He expounds on the difficulties of writing under a totalitarian government, freedom of speech, the fine line between fiction and autobiography, the prominent role sex plays in his writing and life as well as the philosophical importance of violence in his novels. It also includes his controversial statements on Jewish identity.
An insightful commentator and this collection reveals the brilliant storyteller behind the public figure.
Oral Pleasure: Kosinski as Storyteller is a collection of interviews, lectures, and transcriptions of media appearances from the legendary literary figure, Jerzy Kosinski. Compiled by his late widow, Kiki, most of the pieces here are published for the first time.
These texts bring sharper focus to the themes in his works, making this strikingly erratic individual more accessible. They provide an uncensored portrait of the writer plagued by scandal, whose authenticity was challenged by fierce accusations of plagiarism regarding his seminal novel, The Painted Bird—suspicion that shadowed his career. Oral Pleasure reveals Kosinski as a truly genuine, gifted man of letters.
The material covers different aspects of Kosinskis eventful life, from his thoughts on Poland and the Holocaust to his experiences with acting and television. He expounds on the difficulties of writing under a totalitarian government and the importance of freedom of speech. He discusses the fine line between fiction and autobiography, the prominent role sex played in his writing and life, the philosophical importance of violence in his novels, and his controversial statements on Jewish identity.
This collection offers new insight into Kosinskis renowned work, portraying a brilliant storyteller behind the public figure.
About the Author
JERZY KOSINSKI (19331991) won the Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature (1970), National Book Award for Steps(1969), best Screenplay of the Year Award for "Being There" from the Writers Guild of America (1980) as well as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA; 1981). In 1967, he was a Guggenheim fellow. This just names a few of his many achievements.
BARBARA TEPA LUPACK has written many historical works as well as scholarly pieces on Jerzy Kosinski such as Critical Essays on Jerzy Kosinski and Plays of Passion, Games of Chance: Jerzy Kosinski and His Fiction.
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