• Le pianiste

    Wladyslaw Szpilman

    Septembre 1939 :Varsovie est écrasée sous les bombes allemandes. Avant d'être réduite au silence, la radio nationale réalise sa dernière émission. Les accords du "Nocturne en ut dièse mineur" de Chopin s'élèvent. L'interprète s'appelle Wladyslaw Szpilman. Il est juif. Pour lui, c'est une longue nuit qui commence...
    Quand, gelé et affamé, errant de cachette en cachette, il est à un pouce de la mort, apparaît le plus improbable des sauveteurs : un officier allemand, un juste nommé Wilm Hosenfeld. Hanté par l'atrocité des crimes de son peuple, il protégera et sauvera le pianiste.
    Après avoir été directeur de la radio nationale polonaise, Wladyslaw Szpilman a eu une carrière internationale de compositeur et de pianiste. Il est mort à Varsovie en juillet 2000. Il aura fallu plus de cinquante ans pour que l'on redécouvre enfin ce texte étrangement distancié, à la fois sobre et émouvant.

  • 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

  • Anglais The Pianist

    Szpilman Wladyslaw


    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.

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