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JERZY KOSINSKI (1933-1991) (aka Joseph Novak)
Jerzy Nikodem Kosinski was a Polish-born American writer whose novels were sociological studies of individuals in controlling and bureaucratic societies.

Kosinski was born into a Jewish family in Lodz, and at the outbreak of World War II he became separated from his parents and wandered through Poland and Russia, living by his wits and under threat of being discovered and killed by the Nazis. This experience so traumatized him that he became mute and did not regain his speech until 1947. After the war he attended Lodz University and after graduating taught there. In 1957 he emigrated to the U.S., taught himself English, and published two nonfiction works under the pen name Joseph Novak: The Future Is Ours, Comrade: Conversations with the Russians and No Third Path. He then turned to fiction and his novels, particularly the quasi-autobiographical The Painted Bird, is a classic of Holocaust literature. His novels embrace a belief in survival at all costs, and his characters strive to make the most of a given situation. Suffering from a deteriorating heart condition, Kosinski committed suicide in 1991.
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AWARDS:
  • Steps (1968) National Book Award

Books by Jerzy Kosinski
  • The Painted Bird (1965)
  • Steps (1968)
  • Being There (1968)
  • The Devil Tree (1973)
  • Cockpit (1975)
  • Passion Play (1979)
  • Pinball (1982)
  • The Hermit of 69th Street (1988)
  • Passing By: Selected Essays, 1962-1991 (1992)
Written as Joseph Novak
  • The Future is Ours, Comrade: Conservations with the Russians (1960)
  • No Third Path (1962)

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