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Le Pianiste by W. Szpilman

Le Pianiste (original 1999; edition 2003)

by W. Szpilman

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Title:Le Pianiste
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Info:Pocket Jeunesse (2003), Poche, 252 pages
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The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 by Władysław Szpilman (Author) (1999)


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Compelling page turner. ( )
  randybabbs | Sep 30, 2016 |
An amazing story. ( )
  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 28, 2016 |
On September 23, 1939, Wladyslaw Szpilman played Chopin's Nocturne in C sharp minor as bombs e plodded around him. His whole family is eventually killed,but he somehow manages to survive. ( )
  creighley | Jun 28, 2016 |
This is the first book I've read that made me want to cry. Even though I had seen the film and of course the title gives it away that he survives.
I liked that there had been an appendix added to the book that told you more about the German officer that helped numerous people escape from the Nazis not just Szpilman.
For me one of the most heartbreaking parts is a sentence at the end of the third chapter 'There was a special section devoted to the Jews: they were guaranteed all their rights, the inviolability of their property, and that their lives would be absolutely secure.' ( )
  KarenDuff | Jun 1, 2016 |
A moving depiction of life in the Warsaw ghetto during the second world war. I saw the film nearly ten years ago and finally read the book. From what I recall, the book is better, but lacks the brilliant Chopin soundtrack, except in my head. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in history and biographical pieces of the era. ( )
  ajsteadman | Apr 20, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Szpilman, WładysławAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Biermann, WolfAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cohen, BernardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dautzenberg, TheoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hosenfeld, WilmAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Szpilman, AndrzejForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wolff, KarinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On September 23, 1939, the great Polish classical pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman played a Chopin nocturne live on the radio, but the shells blasting at a nearby window were so loud he could not hear his piano. Germany was invading Warsaw, and German occupation of this city meant that unanswerable murder and unspeakable cruelty would soon be daily, inescapable realities. But sometimes a person can escape the inescapable: The Pianist offers the amazing, often shocking true story of Szpilman's survival amid the rampant inhumanity of the Holocaust.
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Written immediately after the end of World War II, this morally complex Holocaust memoir is notable for its exact depiction of the grim details of life in Warsaw under the Nazi occupation. "Things you hardly noticed before took on enormous significance: a comfortable, solid armchair, the soothing look of a white-tiled stove," writes Wladyslaw Szpilman, a pianist for Polish radio when the Germans invaded. His mother's insistence on laying the table with clean linen for their midday meal, even as conditions for Jews worsened daily, makes palpable the Holocaust's abstract horror. Arbitrarily removed from the transport that took his family to certain death, Szpilman does not deny the "animal fear" that led him to seize this chance for escape, nor does he cheapen his emotions by belaboring them. Yet his cool prose contains plenty of biting rage, mostly buried in scathing asides (a Jewish doctor spared consignment to "the most wonderful of all gas chambers," for example). Szpilman found compassion in unlikely people, including a German officer who brought food and warm clothing to his hiding place during the war's last days. Extracts from the officer's wartime diary (added to this new edition), with their expressions of outrage at his fellow soldiers' behavior, remind us to be wary of general condemnation of any group. --Wendy Smith

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A Jewish pianist's real-life account of survival in World War II Warsaw. Separated in a mêlée, he fights to rejoin his family as they board the death train, but police block him. "Papa!" he cries. The father waves, "as if I were setting out into life and he was already greeting me from beyond the grave."… (more)

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