The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway

During the seige of Sarajevo in 1992, 22 people were killed in a bread line; afterward, cellist Vedran Smailovic played at the spot for 22 days.  Inspired by this event, and told from alternating points of view, Galloway’s novel tells the story of four Sarajevo residents who hear the music, and, in different ways, facing various challenges, try to retain their decency and normalcy in a city that is anything but normal.  A powerful story focusing not on the politics of war but on its randomness, and illustrating how ordinary choices are never ordinary in wartime.

RATING: **** Very, very good
Reviewed by: stc

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