Extract from Ethan Schwartz’s Interview with Jerzy Kosinski

“In every Pole there is Jefferson more than anyone else, a love of freedom, free expression—and having a house of one’s own,” he said with a laugh. He predicted all Poles will “pick up Monticello as a symbol of what is needed in Poland—a fruitful place, because it has the land—but also a place fertile in ideas.”

Published in Ethan Schwartz, “Kosinski’s Literary Homecoming; ‘Painted Bird’ to Be Published in Poland,” Washington Post, 5 Apr. 1989.