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The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945

The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945

Wladyslaw Szpilman

ISBN: 9780312263768

Suppressed for decades, this post-World War II memoir of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a musician who survived in Warsaw between 1939 and 1945, offers a testimony to the power of music and humanity.

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Named one of the Best Books of 1999 by the "Los Angeles Times," "The Pianist "is now a major motion picture directed by Roman Polanski and starring Adrien Brody ("Son of Sam"). "The Pianist" won the Cannes Film Festival's most prestigious prize--the Palme d'Or.
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.
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