The Cellist of Sarajevo

The Cellist of Sarajevo

by Steven Galloway

Gail Reid: A cellist plays a haunting piece for 22 days in war-torn Sarajevo to commemorate the deaths of 22 people killed in a bread line. Three other characters are portrayed during the siege of the early nineties. Arrow, a young woman sniper stripped of her former identity; Kenan, a father risking his life to carry water across the city and Dragan, a lonely baker who has shipped his wife and son off to Italy.

This is a slim book, very sparsely written. But the author digs deep in to the characters to show fear, bravery, patriotism, and friendship in the context of war and its destruction.
Rating: ***

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