The Cellist of Sarajevo
Snipers in the hills overlook half the intersections in Sarajevo. In the streets below, two inhabitants, Dragan and Kenan, trapped, like all their neighbours, in the city, strive to go about their daily lives, trying to second guess when and where the next bullet will strike.One man, a cellist,... show more
Snipers in the hills overlook half the intersections in Sarajevo. In the streets below, two inhabitants, Dragan and Kenan, trapped, like all their neighbours, in the city, strive to go about their daily lives, trying to second guess when and where the next bullet will strike.One man, a cellist, defies this game of 'Sarajevo Roulette'; in memory of the city's dead, for 22 consecutive days, he becomes a sitting target as he plays Albinoni's 'Adagio' in the street outside his building. Unbeknown to him, one young woman watches his performances with unflinching attention.Tense and heart-wrenching to its last page, "The Cellist of Sarajevo" shows how life under siege creates agonizing and almost impossible choices. When the mere act of crossing the street can risk lives, the human spirit is revealed in all its fortitude - and frailty.
Publish date: April 8th 2008
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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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...
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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...