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Publisher Description

The bestselling memoir of a Jewish pianist who survived the war in Warsaw against all odds.

'We are drawn in to share his surprise and then disbelief at the horrifying progress of events, all conveyed with an understated intimacy and dailiness that render them painfully close... riveting' OBSERVER

On September 23, 1939, Wladyslaw Szpilman played Chopin's Nocturne in C-sharp minor live on the radio as shells exploded outside - so loudly that he couldn't hear his piano. It was the last live music broadcast from Warsaw: That day, a German bomb hit the station, and Polish Radio went off the air.

Though he lost his entire family, Szpilman survived in hiding. In the end, his life was saved by a German officer who heard him play the same Chopin Nocturne on a piano found among the rubble. Written immediately after the war and suppressed for decades, THE PIANIST is a stunning testament to human endurance and the redemptive power of fellow feeling.

'The images drawn are unusually sharp and clear... but its moral tone is even more striking: Szpilman refuses to make a hero or a demon out of anyone' LITERARY REVIEW

GENRE
Biography
RELEASED
2011
December 8
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
224
Pages
PUBLISHER
Orion
SIZE
1.2
MB

Customer Reviews

Mert12457 ,

Excellent

It's a really good book that shows the hard, harsh and bitter circumstances of living in the ww2

mlflooring ,

Excellent book

I came across this book by chance and decided to read it after seeing the film some years ago. It's an amazing account of survival against the odds and graphically written. Everybody should read this book.

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