Amy Davies - October 4th, 2016
The Pianist is the extraordinary story of a young Jewish pianist who survived the war in Warsaw against all odds.
On 23 September 1939, Władysław 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.
Heralded as a ‘compelling, harrowing masterpiece’ (Independent), it immediately climbed to the top of the international bestseller lists and was made into a Bafta and Oscar award-winning film starring Adrien Brody.
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