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 Author Wladyslaw Szpilman
ISBN-10 0312263767
ISBN-13 9780312263768
Year 2000-09-02
Pages 224
Language English
Publisher Picador
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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 prizethe Palme d Or On September 23 1939 Wladyslaw Szpilman played Chopin s Nocturne in C sharp minor live on the radio as shells exploded outsideso 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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