The Pianist

The Pianist

The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45

Book - 1999
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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.

Publisher: New York : Picador USA, 1999
Edition: 1st Picador USA ed
ISBN: 9780312263768
Call Number: B Sz59a 1999
Characteristics: 222 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Bell, Anthea
Hosenfeld, Wilm


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Feb 14, 2014

This book is much, much better than the movie. It is not full of black and white people and situations. This book was actually banned in Communist Poland because it cast a German soldier in a humane light. It was not until the fall of Communism in Poland that it was re-released. In my view it is the best book I have read on life during the German occupation of Warsaw.

May 27, 2012

This book is very touching!!!!!!!! I've read this book for a novel study project, and if i had a chance to choose a different book, I wouldn't.......This book is definetly on my top 10 books.The Pianist describes the holocaust in such a vivid description!!!!!!! I REALLY RECCOMEND THIS FOR EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!! A MUST READ! :)


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May 27, 2012

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