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The Pianist by Władysław Szpilman
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Jun 10, 2012

really liked it
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Read in June, 2012

A powerful telling of the atrocities of the Warsaw ghetto during the second world war. Written in 1946 Szpilman was still anaesthetised by the brutality of the preceding years and writes in a detached impersonal manner as if he was also an observer. This makes what otherwise might be unbearable to read, possible. This was the effect of his experiences and his isolation for the last part of the war, and necessary to his own survival.
He does not set out for revenge and there are, amongst the atrocities perpetrated, glimpses of the dignity and courage of some individuals during those horrific events.
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