The Cellist of Sarajevo

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Publisher Description

A spare and haunting, wise and beautiful novel about war and the endurance of the human spirit and the subtle ways individuals reclaim their humanity.

In a city under siege, four people whose lives have been upended are ultimately reminded of what it is to be human. From his window, a musician sees twenty-two of his friends and neighbors waiting in a breadline. Then, in a flash, they are killed by a mortar attack. In an act of defiance, the man picks up his cello and decides to play at the site of the shelling for twenty-two days, honoring their memory. Elsewhere, a young man leaves home to collect drinking water for his family and, in the face of danger, must weigh the value of generosity against selfish survivalism. A third man, older, sets off in search of bread and distraction and instead runs into a long-ago friend who reminds him of the city he thought he had lost, and the man he once was. As both men are drawn into the orbit of cello music, a fourth character—a young woman, a sniper—holds the fate of the cellist in her hands. As she protects him with her life, her own army prepares to challenge the kind of person she has become.

A novel of great intensity and power, and inspired by a true story, The Cellist of Sarajevo poignantly explores how war can change one’s definition of humanity, the effect of music on our emotional endurance, and how a romance with the rituals of daily life can itself be a form of resistance.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2008
May 15
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
256
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
836.3
KB

Customer Reviews

lynned8 ,

Amazingly different

I immediately engaged with this style. I cared about the three people and the cellist. An amazing read for one that likes literary style.

elaineherman ,

Will leave you wanting MORE

A story so beautifully and intricately written. The narrative and characters of this novel leave your heart aching and cheering simultaneously. Definitely heart wrenching but master storytelling

SLKnurse ,

Profound

Beautiful- brings the pain, fear and reality into focus. Not for the weak of heart, spirit or mind. Let us treasure our lives and hold life’s joys in hand and hearts.

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