Cockpit

Cockpit

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by Jerzy Kosinski
     
 

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An agent known only as Tarden is a former operative of the mysterious security agency "the Service." He has erased himself from all dossiers and transcripts. Now a fugitive, he moves across the landscape free of identity, in search of adventure and intrigue. But Tarden is a man of many disguises, and he is alternately avenger and savior, judge and trickster, as he…  See more details below

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An agent known only as Tarden is a former operative of the mysterious security agency "the Service." He has erased himself from all dossiers and transcripts. Now a fugitive, he moves across the landscape free of identity, in search of adventure and intrigue. But Tarden is a man of many disguises, and he is alternately avenger and savior, judge and trickster, as he enters the lives of others, forcing them into the arena of his judgement. In Cockpit, Kosinski is at his most startling and powerful, stripping away pretension and illusions of security to reveal the source of real strength within.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802135681
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
Kosinski, Jerzy Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
750,867
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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Cockpit 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've used the opening of this darkly prophetic novel--told from the POV of a social terrorist interested only in exploring the depths of human evil like Dostoevsky's Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment--in countless workshops and seminars to illustrate that your protagonist's 'sympathetic' nature doesn't mean we LIKE him. 'Sympathetic' in its Greek root suggests that we can 'relate to,' or 'suffer with,' a character and from the haunting opening lines that's exactly what causes us to turn the pages--a mixture of horror and our own voyeuristic tendencies.