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The Pianist (Paperback)
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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 01/12/1999
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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

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780753808603
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 222 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 17 mm

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“An astonishing book.”

A truly astonishing and moving book about one man's story of survival in German occupied Warsaw. A Pianist on Polish radio, Szpilman lost most of his family to the transports heading to Auschwitz. He then managed... More

Paperback edition
11th December 2012
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“The Pianist”

I picked this up after a friend lent me the film, which by the way was amazing, and I was not disappointed at all. Szpilman tells of his experiences in such a way that it is easy to read, despite the horrific subject... More

Paperback edition
19th April 2011
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“A humbling , yet cathartic, read.”

Like many others, I've seen the eponymous Polanski film based on this account, but as great as it is, the written word still has so much more depth, and also includes excerpts from the diary of Hosenfeld, the... More

Paperback edition
4th November 2012
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