The Cellist of Sarajevo
The acclaimed and inspiring international bestseller that is a tribute to the human spirit. In a city ravaged by war, a musician plays his cello for twenty-two days at the site of a mortar attack, in memory of the fallen. Among the strangers drawn into the orbit of his music are a young father in... show more
The acclaimed and inspiring international bestseller that is a tribute to the human spirit. In a city ravaged by war, a musician plays his cello for twenty-two days at the site of a mortar attack, in memory of the fallen. Among the strangers drawn into the orbit of his music are a young father in search of water for his family, an older man in search of the humanity he once knew, and a young woman, a sniper, who will decide the fate of the cellist?and the kind of person she wants to be.
Publish date: March 31st 2009
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Pages no: 235
Edition language: English
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, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
The Cellist of Sarajevo came highly recommended, but I had my reservations. How could a thirty-two year old professor from Canada give any sort of justice to the Bosnian War, and do so in a mere 200 pages? The conflict is much too recent to easily dismiss any inaccuracies in the text. And it's diffi...
In 1992, civil war breaks out in Sarajevo. The violence of war often brings out the worst in us, breeding evil, greed, selfishness and corruption. Before long, the people become inured to the death and destruction around them and soon begin to view it almost as normal life. If they don’t accept it, ...
Opening line: “It screamed downward, splitting air and sky without effort.” A few years ago while I was travelling in Europe I met a guy from Sarajevo and we became friends. At one point he asked me if I knew anything about what had happened in his country. I replied, only what I had seen on the ...
This novel has such powerful images. The horrors that occurred during the siege of Sarajevo and what people went through on a daily basis just to get around in the city are vividly depicted in this wonderful book. And ironically, the cellist is not really even a main character even though he is th...
I didn't finish it, but I readily admit that it compels one to keep reading. It simply seemed that descriptions and events were kept deliberately muted, to compel one to build hopes and expectation that conflict was impending. The descriptions of sniper preparations are are also done with entirely t...