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

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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

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 20mm | 120g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4
  • 0753814056
  • 9780753814055
  • 13,291

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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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About Wladyslaw Szpilman

Wladyslaw Szpilman was born in 1911. He studied the piano at the Warsaw Conservatory and at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. From 1945 to 1963 he was Director of Music at Polish Radio, and for many years he also pursued a career as a concert pianist and composer. He lived in Warsaw until his death in 2000.

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