“By some miracle of training, which recalls the linguistic bravado of Conrad and Nabokov, he is already a master of pungent and disciplined English prose. Simply as a stylist, Kosinski has few equals among American novelists born to the language. And I have also become convinced, after reading Steps, that he is one of the most gifted new figures to appear in our literature for some years.” Irving Howe, Harper’s
978-0-8021-3526-1 • $16.00 • Paperback • Sep. 1997
From the esteemed author of the classics The Painted Bird and Being There comes this award-winning novel about one man’s sexual and sensual experiences, the fabric from which his life has been woven.
Jerzy Kosinski’s classic vision of moral and sexual estrangement brilliantly captures the disturbing undercurrents of modern politics and culture. In this haunting novel, distinctions are eroded between oppressor and oppressed, perpetrator and victim, narcissism and anonymity. Kosinski portrays men and women both aroused and desensitized by an environment that disdains the individual and seeks control over the imagination in this unforgettable and immensely provocative work.