The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman

Monday 4 June 2007
by  Alexandra T
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Set against a war-torn background, during the war in Warsaw between the years 1939 and 1945, the powerful, moving, spellbinding memoirs of a man who survived through the devastation of Warsaw, conveys with much rawness and specificity the painful horrors of the war.

The autobiographical account of Wladyslaw Spzilman, eyewitness and survivor of the “death of his city”, through surprisingly cool language, delivers the shocking and harrowing truth of the way in which the German Nazi occupants ruthlessly abused the Polish Jews and caused the gradual disappearances of the narrator’s family and friends ending with the annihilation of the people of Warsaw.

Moreover, this book paints a picture of life in the Warsaw ghetto and its worsening degredation through the war, in such a way that we couldn’t get a better understanding of war, ghettos, perpetual abuse, fear and danger, hunger, and certain death than through this authentic and enthralling account. A harrowing and powerful account that will grab your attention till the very (poignant) end.

by Alexandra T