Conversations with Jerzy Kosinski


Interviews with the author of The Painted Bird, Steps, and Being There
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Interviews with the author of The Painted Bird, Steps, and Being There
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617036965
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Teicholz, the author of several non-fiction books, is an editorial consultant and a former contributing editor of Interview.
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Brandon Tartikoff: I imagine that you are constantly called upon to attest whether or not all the gothic happenings, bizarre sexual encounters, and horrific incidents described in your novels,are derived from your personal experience. How do you reconcile the autobiographical element in your writing with your personal definition of a novelist?

Kozinski: I never wrote my books as autobiographical; I never claimed them to be anything but novels. Why I wrote them in a manner that perhaps suggests autobiographical elements stems from my basic notion of who a novelist is. I write because I feel that a novelist has a lot in common with others, not because he differs from them.

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Table of Contents

Stepmother Tongue 3
Trade Winds 6
Jerzy Kosinski 9
The Art of Fiction XLVI - Jerzy Kosinski 20
Jerzy Kosinski: An Interview 37
Jerzy Kosinski Reaches Down into Life and Writes 60
The Devil Tree: An Interview with Jerzy Kosinski 66
A Nation of Videots 88
Jerzy Kosinski: Tapping into His Vision of Truth 103
The Renegade Novelist Whose Life Is Stranger Than Fiction 111
The Psychological Novelist as Portable Man 120
Conversation with Kosinski 132
My Books Are Weapons, A Blind Date with Jerzy Kosinski 142
An Interview with Jerzy Kosinski on Blind Date 150
Sellers and Kosinski - Alliance for the Absurd 159
Life at a Gallop 162
A Passion for Polo 167
Old Man River Lures Literary Giant to City 174
Being There and Staying There: Jerzy Kosinski 180
Jerzy Kosinski Is the Zbig of Books 188
Jerzy Kosinski and the Writer on the Holocaust 193
Penthouse Interview 196
Jerzy Kosinski Leaves 'em Amused, Bemused and Confused 213
Encounter - Jerzy Kosinski 216
Jerzy Kosinski, the Last Interview 227
Index 238
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