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Top 40 Book Club : December 2008
The Cellist of Sarajevo STEVEN GALLOWAY suffering and courage and the persistence of human spirit ‘ A tale of incredible ’ In 1992, in the besieged city of Sarajevo, 22 people were killed and many more injured when a mortar shell struck a queue outside a bakery. For the next 22 days, a well-known Sarajevo cellist sat in the small crater left by the bomb and played Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor. Galloway uses this moment in history as the setting for this novel. The book is told through the eyes of three citizens: Arrow, the sniper sent to protect the cellist, Kenan, who risks death each day to get water for his family and Dragan, also risking his life to collect bread from the bakery. It is a tale of incredible suffering and courage and the persistence of human spirit. 13