The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Mans Survival in Warsaw, 1939-45 with Extracts from the Diary of Wilm Hosenfeld by Wladyslaw Szpilman newly listed for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Victor Gollancz, 1999, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Jacket illustration: (top) Wladystaw Szpilman; Scene in Warsaw after the German occupation (bottom) photograph by Tansy Spinks. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;
From the cover: On 23 September 1939 Wtadyslaw Szpilman, a young Warsaw pianist, played Chopins Nocturne in C sharp minor live on the radio, while German shells exploded outside so loudly that he couldnt hear his piano. It was the last live music broadcast from Warsaw: later that day, a German bomb destroyed the power station, and Polish Radio went off the air.
The war cast Warsaw into the horror of occupation, the ghetto, the rounding up of Jews, the uprising and the evacuation of the city events that killed most of Szpilmans friends and all of his family. But, incredibly, he survived among the ruins of his beloved city. The Pianist is both an extraordinary story of one mans tenacity in the face of death, and a testament to the resilience of humanity itself- his life was finally saved by a German officer who heard him play the same Chopin Nocturne on a. piano found among the rubble.
Immediately after the war, Szpilman wrote this gripping and vivid memoir. Suppressed by the communist authorities in Poland, it is now published for the first time. It came to light that the Wehrmacht officer who saved him was called Wilm Hosenfeld. He died in a Russian POW camp after the war, his kindness to many Jews and Poles unrewarded. He left behind his wartime diary, in which he expressed his fierce despair at the barbarity of National Socialism. Extracts from the diary are published here for the first time alongside Szpilmans memoir.
A major publishing event, already a bestseller in Germany, The Pianist is a testimony to the power of music, the will to live and the courage to stand against evil.
Introduction by: Andrzej Szpilman & Wolf Biermann
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 222 pages. 8″ x 5¼”.
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