Cellist of Sarajevo – Steven Galloway

I really enjoyed this book and the opportunity to read about a time and place with which I’m not very familiar. The siege of Sarajevo lasted for four years from 1992 to 1996, but the book only covers a few days. Inspired by a real-life cellist who played for 22 days in the middle of the bombed city, Galloway has invented three characters who movingly act out the lives of people under siege. In fact, the city serves more as a backdrop than a focal point for a book that is more about everyday people and how they survive under an extraordinary circumstances. (submitted by LH)

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