Passing by: Selected Essays, 1962-1991

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Jerzy Kosinski's suicide in 1991 shocked the literary world. A Polish emigre who had survived unspeakable horrors as a child during World War II, Kosinski was a flamboyant figure whose death only added to the aura of mystery that surrounded him. Passing By is Kosinski's legacy, a collection of writings, never before published in book form, that answers many questions about Kosinski and his work - a revealing and provocative self-portrait by an author whose life was shrouded in enigma. Kosinski prided himself on ...
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Jerzy Kosinski's suicide in 1991 shocked the literary world. A Polish emigre who had survived unspeakable horrors as a child during World War II, Kosinski was a flamboyant figure whose death only added to the aura of mystery that surrounded him. Passing By is Kosinski's legacy, a collection of writings, never before published in book form, that answers many questions about Kosinski and his work - a revealing and provocative self-portrait by an author whose life was shrouded in enigma. Kosinski prided himself on his ability to hide - physically - whenever he wanted. Certainly he managed to keep his own persona and even his life something of a mystery, but here he talks about himself, some of his obsessions, and his feelings about places from New York to Poland. The man who emerges has a passion for sport polo and skiing, a quirky sense of fun "Learning to Levitate", strong opinions about various locales the streets of New York, present-day Poland, the Cannes film festival, an idiosyncratic range of acquaintances meetings with such diverse people as Pope John Paul II, Solzhenitsyn, Warren Beatty, Nobel Prize-winning biologist Jacques Monod, and an abiding love of secrets, conundrums, and fantasies. But first and foremost - as he demonstrates in "The Real Author of Jerzy Kosinski's Books," and in major essays on his novels The Painted Bird and Steps - Kosinski is a powerful literary artist, a man who will always be remembered for his electrifying works of fiction.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
According to his widow, Polish emigre novelist Kosinski had been working on this collection of essays, lectures and fragments when he committed suicide in Manhattan in 1991. While the selections would be improved by contextualizing introductions, they portray a man who was impassioned about literature and who saw his role as confronting ``life's threatening encounters.'' He finds inspiration, he writes, from an intertwining of the Polish, Hasidic and American literary traditions, and considers America ``the last society which still modifies itself freely.'' He rails against the ``collectivism'' nourished by television and radio, and criticizes North American Jews for memorializing the Holocaust but not Jewish achievements. Other essays touch on his experiences learning polo, acting in the film Reds , living in New York City and visiting Poland in the late 1980s. Most interesting are his discussions of the original ideas behind The Painted Bird and the structure of Steps. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802134233
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: Kosinski, Jerzy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.67 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Reflections on Life and Death
Aleksander and Andre Wat 3
Time to Spare 10
Death in Cannes 13
Life and Art
On Books 31
To Touch Minds 32
The Reality Behind Words 36
Where an Author Can Be Himself 39
Our "Predigested, Prepackaged Pop Culture" - a Novelist's View 41
To Hold a Pen 45
A Sense of Place 48
My Twenty-Minute Performance... 50
On Journalists: Combining Objective Data with Subjective
Attitudes 56
Artists and Eye
On Sculpture: Sculptorids of Rhonda Roland Shearer 61
Photography as Art 65
On Film and Literature 66
The Sporty Self
How I Learned to Levitate in Water 69
Crans-Montana - The Open Resort 72
Horses 75
A Passion for Polo 83
Talk of New York
New York: The Literary Autofocus 91
Key to New York 97
Time Machine 100
Short Takes 102
Manhattan 102
A Celebration of Literary and Learning 103
Gotham Book Mart 103
New York Is a City of Port and Sport 104
Beach Wear 105
Being Here 106
People, Places and Me
Charisma Camouflages Mortality 113
Solzhenitsyn: The Disenchanted Pilgrim 115
A Message to the Chamber from Jerzy Kosinski 118
A Brave Man, This Beatty. Brave As John Reed... 120
Egypt, Polo and the Perplexed I 127
A Plea to Khomeini from an Author Whose Work Also Has Offended 130
Self Vs. Collective
Gog and Magog: On Watching TV 135
TV as Baby-Sitter 136
Against Book Censorship 139
Dead Souls on Campus 145
The Banned Book as Psychological Drug - A Parody? 148
Jewish Presence
No Religion Is an island 155
God &... 158
Jews in the Soviet Union 164
Hosanna to What? 165
Restoring a Polish-Jewish Soul 170
Speaking for My Self 174
Time of Life, Time of Art
Afterword: The Painted Bird Tenth Anniversary Edition (1976) 183
Notes of the Author on The Painted Bird 201
Art of the Self: Essays a Propos Steps 223
Afterwords
Disguises 249
On Death 251
Sources 253
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