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

Description

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.

Details

Author(s)
Wladyslaw Szpilman
Format
Paperback | 224 pages
Dimensions
139.7 x 203.2 x 15.2mm | 90.72g
Publication date
02 Sep 2000
Publisher
Pan MacMillan
Imprint
PICADOR
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
0312263767
ISBN13
9780312263768
Bestsellers rank
172,395