The Cellist of Sarajevo (Paperback)

Steven Galloway


This is the top 10 bestseller, now in paperback. Snipers in the hills overlook the shattered streets of Sarajevo. Knowing that the next bullet could strike at any moment, the ordinary men and women below strive to go about their daily lives as best they can. Kenan faces the agonizing dilemma of crossing the city to get water for his family. Dragan, gripped by fear, does not know who among his friends he can trust. And Arrow, a young woman counter-sniper must push herself to the limits - of body and soul, fear and humanity.Told with immediacy, grace and harrowing emotional accuracy, "The Cellist of Sarajevo" shows how, when the everyday act of crossing the street can risk lives, the human spirit is revealed in all its fortitude - and frailty.

Product Details

  • Product code: AAKSS
  • ISBN: 9781843547419
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.4cm x 12.6cm
  • Pages: 288
  • Publish date: 01/01/2009

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"Very moving" -

An eye-opener of a book. This short, moving novel is written in staccato style, reminiscent of gun fire or the sudden dashes to safety that it describes. The day to day struggle to survive is lucidly depicted as we follow Dragan and Kennan crossing the city on vital errands and Arrow, a marksman as she returns the fire from the hills. The Cellist provides a few minutes of beautiful music each day in commemoration of 22 neighbours who were killed queueing for bread. This character was based on the cellist Vedran Smailovic who lived in Sarajevo at the time and played to honour the lives of the dead. Arrow is given the task of protecting him from death as he plays his daily memorial. I'm so glad I read this book. I'd been aware of the seige at the time but had no idea that it had gone on for so long. No history is included in the main body of the text, making it a universal description that could apply to many populations under similar threat.

DubaiReader , 19/09/2010

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