SZPILMAN, WLADYSLAW. 1911-2000.
Smierc Miasta. [Death of a City.] Warsaw: Spoldzielnia Wydawnicza, 1946.
8vo. 204,  pp. Original pictorial wrappers. Yellowed, crease to spine, light edge-wear to wrappers.
FIRST EDITION of this very scarce book published not at all long after the end of the war and suppressed by the Stalinst Polish authorities. Szpilman's memoir was the inspiration for Roman Polanski's film The Pianist. The book's suppression was due to the positive depiction of the German officer who found Szpilman hiding in an abandoned building in November, 1944 and aided him for the rest of the war.
US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£1,300 - 1,900
1,500 - 2,200
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