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The Pianist

Author : Wladyslaw Szpilman
Publisher : Picador
Page : 228 pages
File Size : 48,50 MB
Release : 2000-09-02
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 1466837624

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The memoir that inspired Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning film, which won the Cannes Film Festival's most prestigious prize—the Palme d'Or. Named one of the Best Books of 1999 by the Los Angeles Times 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.

The Pianist

Author : Wladyslaw Szpilman
Publisher : Hachette UK
Page : 224 pages
File Size : 28,81 MB
Release : 2011-12-08
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 1780222688

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The bestselling memoir of a Jewish pianist who survived the war in Warsaw against all odds. '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 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. '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

The Pianist

Author : Władysław Szpilman
Publisher : Macmillan
Page : 236 pages
File Size : 37,36 MB
Release : 1999-09-04
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780312244156

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Suppressed for decades, this post-World War II memoir of Wladyslaw Szpilman, who survived in Warsaw between 1939 and 1945, offers a testimony to the power of music and humanity.

The Pianist

Author : Władysław Szpilman
Publisher : Orion Media
Page : 222 pages
File Size : 39,14 MB
Release : 2005
Category : Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
ISBN : 9780752864297

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This is a powerful and poignant memoir of a young Jewish pianist who survived the war in Warsaw against all odds, alongside moving extracts from the diary of the German officer who saved his life. '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 THE AUTHOR 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.

The Pianist

Author : Wladyslaw Szpilman
Publisher : Picador
Page : 224 pages
File Size : 25,59 MB
Release : 2000-09-02
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 9780312263768

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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.

Schindler's List

Author : Thomas Keneally
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 416 pages
File Size : 10,52 MB
Release : 2013-08-06
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 1476750483

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In remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the Nazi concentration camps, this award-winning, bestselling work of Holocaust fiction, inspiration for the classic film and “masterful account of the growth of the human soul” (Los Angeles Times Book Review), returns with an all-new introduction by the author. An “extraordinary” (New York Review of Books) novel based on the true story of how German war profiteer and factory director Oskar Schindler came to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II. In this milestone of Holocaust literature, Thomas Keneally, author of The Book of Science and Antiquities and The Daughter of Mars, uses the actual testimony of the Schindlerjuden—Schindler’s Jews—to brilliantly portray the courage and cunning of a good man in the midst of unspeakable evil. “Astounding…in this case the truth is far more powerful than anything the imagination could invent” (Newsweek).

The Pianist

Author : Wladyslaw Szpilman
Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Page : 222 pages
File Size : 26,33 MB
Release : 2003
Category : Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
ISBN : 9781842127322

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The powerful memoir of a young Jewish pianist who survived the war in Warsaw against all odds.

We Wept Without Tears

Author : Gideon Greif
Publisher : Yale University Press
Page : 399 pages
File Size : 22,82 MB
Release : 2005-01-01
Category : History
ISBN : 0300131984

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The "Sonderkommando of "Auschwitz-Birkenau consisted primarily of Jewish prisoners forced by the Germans to facilitate the mass extermination. Though never involved in the killing itself, they were compelled to be "members of staff" of the Nazi death-factory. This book, translated for the first time into English from its original Hebrew, consists of interviews with the very few surviving men who witnessed at first hand the unparalleled horror of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Some of these men had never spoken of their experiences before.

A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising

Author : Miron Bialoszewski
Publisher : New York Review of Books
Page : 289 pages
File Size : 15,56 MB
Release : 2015-10-27
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 1590176979

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On August 1, 1944, Miron Białoszewski, later to gain renown as one of Poland’s most innovative poets, went out to run an errand for his mother and ran into history. With Soviet forces on the outskirts of Warsaw, the Polish capital revolted against five years of Nazi occupation, an uprising that began in a spirit of heroic optimism. Sixty-three days later it came to a tragic end. The Nazis suppressed the insurgents ruthlessly, reducing Warsaw to rubble while slaughtering some 200,000 people, mostly through mass executions. The Red Army simply looked on. Białoszewski’s blow-by-blow account of the uprising brings it alive in all its desperate urgency. Here we are in the shoes of a young man slipping back and forth under German fire, dodging sniper bullets, collapsing with exhaustion, rescuing the wounded, burying the dead. An indispensable and unforgettable act of witness, A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising is also a major work of literature. Białoszewski writes in short, stabbing, splintered, breathless sentences attuned to “the glaring identity of ‘now.’” His pages are full of a white-knuckled poetry that resists the very destruction it records. Madeline G. Levine has extensively revised her 1977 translation, and passages that were unpublishable in Communist Poland have been restored.

The Pianist

Author : Władysław Szpilman
Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Page : 222 pages
File Size : 20,43 MB
Release : 2002
Category : Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
ISBN : 9780753817193

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'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