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The Pianist
by David Saiz Escribano (Avanzado 2, 2010-11)

The Pianist - BookThe Pianist - MovieThe book of The Pianist was written by Wladyslaw Szpilman and became a best-seller worldwide in 2002 thanks to the film directed by Roman Ponlanski with the same title.

The story is about Szpilman's dreadful personal experiences during the World War II in Warsaw. He describes his way of living under German unfair decrees in Poland and the Nazi ill-treatment of the Polish people, especially if they belonged to the Jewish population, in the earlier months of the war.

Living in Warsaw turns into surviving when numerous Jews are resettled in a tiny and gloomy place: a ghetto.Step by step, Szpilman narrates how he was able to survive a great deal of dangerous situations without any help apart from his family's and close friends'.

From my point of view, this autobiography is great because it is written in a realistic way which makes you feel like the main character feels. Also, you can learn some history of Europe.

Definitely, I recommend this book to people who love history (especially the WWII period) and have enough courage to read the hard true story of a Jewish pianist.