The Pianist (seventy-fifth Anniversary Edition): The Extraordinary True Story Of One Man's Survival In Warsaw, 1939-1945
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The Pianist (seventy-fifth Anniversary Edition): The Extraordinary True Story Of One Man's Survival In Warsaw, 1939-1945

by Wladyslaw Szpilman

The 75th Anniversary Edition of the memoir that inspired Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning film, with a new introduction by Szpilman's son, Andrzej

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 in the immediate aftermath of the war, The Pianist conveys a shattering immediacy found in few books about that time and stands as a stunning testament to human endurance and healing through compassion.


This edition includes a foreword by Andrzej Szpilman, extracts from the diary of Wilm Hosenfeld, and an epilogue by Wolf Biermann.

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  • Number of Pages : 240
  • Publisher : Picador
  • Weight : 181g
  • Product Code : 9781250249548
  • Dimension : 140 x 208 x 15 mm

About Author

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 he also pursued a career as a concert pianist and composer for many years. The film adaptation of his memoir The Pianist won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival as well as three Academy Awards. He lived in Warsaw until his death in 2000.