The Cellist of Sarajevo

The Cellist of Sarajevo

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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Snipers in the hills overlook half the intersections in Sarajevo. In the streets below, people 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 two consecutive days, he becomes a sitting target as he plays Albinoni's 'Adagio' in the street outside his building.
Publisher: Bath : Oakhill Publishing Limited, 2010.
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital.
Additional Contributors: Armstrong, Gareth
Summary: Snipers in the hills overlook half the intersections in Sarajevo. In the streets below, people 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 two consecutive days, he becomes a sitting target as he plays Albinoni's 'Adagio' in the street outside his building.

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IV27HUjg
Sep 18, 2016

It seemed like I'd seen this as a film because I could 'see' the actions as they were happening. Excellent read/audio I've already heard 3 times & will again in time as there was much I missed the first time. Little jewels about life, human nature - did I just write human nature? What a sad, insightful book.

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GusAndAbe
Aug 02, 2013

I had read this book when it first came out but decided to listen to it this time around. Enjoyed the cello music and found the story to be just a haunting the second time around.

Booktraveler Jan 21, 2012

This was a very thought provoking book set during the siege of Sarajevo. The author did a great job of developing the characters and building suspense through the story. It was interesting to get a feel for what motivated the different characters and how they dealt with hardship, fear, loss etc.

I did a cursory review of that period in Kosovo which helped fill out the details of what provoked the siege, parties involved etc. I was surprised to learn that there was a famous musician Vedran Smailovic known as the "Cellist of Sarajevo" who regularly played his cello in ruined buildings during the Siege – most notably performing Alinoni’s Adagio in G Minor.

I enjoyed listening to this book on CD with the accompanying cello music.

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H82BL8r
Jan 21, 2011

Not only does this book in it's brilliant simpliciy talk of the war torn Sarajevo, it calls on us to reflect on the many realities of life in general.
Well worth the 5 hours.

samdog123 Jun 25, 2010

I'm always careful what sort of compact disc I choose to listen to in the car. If they're too wordy, I know they're better off being read the old fashioned way! This book is truly elegant in it's simplicity--an uncomplicated, moving storyline, terrific characters you feel you have met. What a vivid picture of war torn Sarajevo...really quite horrific what these characters deal with on a daily basis. Painful to listen to and very, very real. This book definitely did not disappoint me...I'm glad I finally got around to reading/listening to it.

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