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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 31/12/2002
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The powerful and bestselling memoir of a young Jewish pianist who survived the war in Warsaw against all odds. Made into a Bafta and Oscar-winning film.

'You can learn more about human nature from this brief account of the survival of one man throughout the war years in the devastated city of Warsaw than from several volumes of the average encyclopaedia' Independent on Sunday

'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

'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: 9780753814055
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 232 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Vivid and anguished . . . compulsive reading -- Richard Overy * Sunday Telegraph *
You can learn more about human nature from this brief account of the survival of one man throughout the war years in the devastated city of Warsaw than from several volumes of the average encyclopaedia -- Gerald Jacobs * Independent on Sunday *
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 -- Lisa Appignanesi * Observer *
This memoir of a Jewish pianist who survived the war in Warsaw is one of the most powerful accounts ever written * Sunday Tribune *
A compelling, harrowing masterpiece * Independent *
A book so fresh and vivid, so heartbreaking, and so simply and beautifully written, that it manages to tell us the story of horrendous events as if for the first time . . . His account is hair-raising, beyond anything Hollywood could invent . . . Everything that has been most horrific in life in 20th-century Europe is encompassed in this exquisite memoir * Daily Telegraph *
What really stays with the reader is the chilling, almost naive immediacy with which the story is told . . . The Pianist is an icy, nerveless but remarkably readable memoir that takes us as close as we are ever likely to travel to the day-to-day reality of living through terror * Sunday Times *

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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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