Who was Jerzy Kosinski?

Being There

Jerzy Kosinski was born on June 14, 1933. He was an award-winning Polish-American novelist, best known for the novels The Painted Bird (1965) and Being There (1971), the latter of which was adapted into a film in 1979.

Steps (1968), a novel comprising scores of loosely connected vignettes, won the National Book Award in 1969.[
American novelist David Foster Wallace described Steps as a “collection of unbelievably creepy little allegorical tableaux done in a terse elegant voice that’s like nothing else anywhere ever”. Wallace continued in praise: “Only Kafka’s fragments get anywhere close to where KosiƄski goes in this book, which is better than everything else he ever did combined.

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His last words “I am going to put myself to sleep now for a bit longer than usual. Call the time Eternity.”

Who was Jerzy Kosinski?
The rise and fall of Jerzy Kosinski by Philip Roth

In the end, I don’t understand Jerzy Kosinski. At some level, he must have judged his life as successful. Using his talent, wits, boldness and determination, he went far, if you consider the boy growing up under the most menacing of shadows. Was he happy? There is so much darkness in his novels, I wonder how much brightness there was in his life (inside him, in the place he kept hidden). I am left with a sense of pity, which I’m sure he would not want me to feel. He would prefer respect. And I can grant him that.

Circus Theatricals Presents More Lies about Jerzy – 5/18-6/26

It’s early 1970s. World-famous media darling and controversial author Jerzy Lesnewski causes a scandal that rocks New York and Hollywood – after a journalist accuses him of fabricating key points in his autobiography about his childhood during the Holocaust and plagiarizing parts of his best-selling novels. The work is inspired by the life of Polish author Jerzy Kosinski.

Jerzy played the Soviet bureaucrat Grigory Zinoviev in Reds (directed by Warren Beatty – film trailer on youtube here).