"THE PIANIST, Wladyslaw Szpilman's remarkable memoir of his survival in Warsaw between the years 1939 and 1945, is a significant contribution to the literature of remembrance, a document of lasting historical and human value. Unforgivably overlooked since its publication (in Polish) in 1946 and translated into English just now for the first time, the book is a relative rarity: an account of the Holocaust written in the immediate aftermath of the experience itself. It has all the rawness and specificity of horrors painfully and uncomprehendingly withstood and afterward just as uncomprehendingly--but necessarily--recorded. Writing this book would seem to have been a further act of survival by a man who performed more of them in six years than most human beings do in a lifetime."Szpilman, Wladyslaw is the author of 'Pianist The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945', published 2000 under ISBN 9780312263768 and ISBN 0312263767.