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The Cellist of Sarajevo af Steven Galloway
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The Cellist of Sarajevo (original 2008; udgave 2009)

af Steven Galloway

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Roman om en by og dens indbyggere i krig. Under belejringen af Sarajevo i 1992 sidder en cellist dag efter dag foran sit hus og spiller i protest mod grusomhederne. Han er et oplagt mål for snigskytterne i bjergene rundt om byen, men han ved ikke, at en kvindelig skarpskytte holder øje med ham for at holde ham i live.… (mere)
Medlem:MelodieStorey
Titel:The Cellist of Sarajevo
Forfattere:Steven Galloway
Info:Riverhead Trade (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 235 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Cellisten fra Sarajevo af Steven Galloway (2008)

  1. 110
    Bel Canto af Ann Patchett (atimco)
    atimco: In both books, music is a character in its own right, set against a backdrop of human violence and tragedy.
  2. 111
    Drageløberen af Khaled Hosseini (Alliebadger)
    Alliebadger: Both beautifully written accounts of atrocities we never really think about. Each one is a fast and amazing read.
  3. 30
    The Siege af Helen Dunmore (gennyt)
    gennyt: Both are stories of cities under siege, and the struggles of ordinary people for survival in dangerous and extreme conditions.
  4. 30
    Girl at War af Sara Novic (Iudita)
  5. 30
    Pretty Birds af Scott Simon (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Many parallels between The Cellist of Sarajevo and Pretty Birds; the information on the Bosnian civil war in Pretty Birds is more complete and the writing is very good.
  6. 20
    The Bridge on the Drina af Ivo Andrić (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Get a more full history of the conflict from this book.
  7. 00
    Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood af Barbara Demick (catzkc)
  8. 00
    Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War af Peter Maass (catzkc)
  9. 00
    Flights of Passage: Reflections of a World War II Aviator af Samuel Hynes (napgeorge)
    napgeorge: Two books which show the boredom and horror of war. The only two books I have read which reflect what war felt like for me.
  10. 00
    The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return af Kenan Trebincevic (catzkc)
  11. 00
    Det dobbelte land : roman af Birgithe Kosovi´c (2810michael)
    2810michael: På dansk: Cellisten fra Sarajevo
  12. 00
    Between Mountains af Maggie Helwig (yagoder)
  13. 00
    Sultens refræn af Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (Cecilturtle)
  14. 11
    The Archivist's Story af Travis Holland (catherinestead)
    catherinestead: Two gripping portrayals of human reaction to living in a permanent state of tension and danger.
  15. 00
    Floating in My Mother's Palm af Ursula Hegi (VivienneR)
  16. 01
    The Sandcastle Girls af Chris Bohjalian (Iudita)
    Iudita: Another intense,personal story within the chaos of a war zone.
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This brings home the reality of war and how difficult it is to retain hope in a crumbling city, while struggling daily to survive random death. Death comes to you in a shell while buying bread or in a sniper shot while crossing the street to fill water bottles. The characters resist all of this and the accompanying moral decay and somehow stay human. ( )
  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
How do you keep your humanity in a situation of total powerlessness and violence? Stephen Galloway has his characters wrestle with their fears, their helplessness. And for him, there is not one answer or one way. “...perhaps the only thing that that will stop it from getting worse is people doing the things they know how to do." Galloway’s sparse and unsentimental prose was truly compelling.
  audrey0510 | Aug 26, 2021 |
I bought this from a local Oxfam charity shop when it caught my eye. I had intended just to drop off a load of books but as usual I came away with a couple of books. I had no prior knowledge of the author or the book but the synopsis sounded like it would make a great read.

The book is loosely based around the real life event of a cellist playing regularly in the rubble of destroyed buildings during the siege of Sarajevo. Although he is the focal point of the book the cellist actually doesn't feature all that often and is used to link the three other characters.

Arrow is a young woman who is a very effective sniper who works in an independent way from inside the city to kill people she sees as a threat to the civilians trapped in the city. She is granted a degree of leeway from a military commander which allows her to only take out targets she deems appropriate. I really liked her character and having a female sniper really added an unusual angle to the story.

Keenan and Dragan are two male characters who have to make regular trips across the war torn city in order to survive. One has to fetch water for both his family and their elderly neighbour and the other has to get bread so that his family can eat. As they separately cross the city they come across various sniper traps and the devastation of war.

This is a really good book which is well written and moving at the same time. Galloway has made some decisions which really allow the book have an emotional effect. No one is ever given their nationalistic designation, there are no Serbs or Croats, just people. The only real separation is that the people holding the city to siege are referred to as the enemy on the hills. The fact that the events in the book are based in fact makes it even more incredible.

The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars was that I was left wanting so much more. It is a short book (220 pages) and I really would have liked to invest some time in a longer version of this story. A short book works but I think a longer one would have been even better. ( )
  Brian. | Jul 24, 2021 |
Another book which reminded me of how lucky I am, and how fortunate most citizens of the USA are. So many people world-wide lead such difficult lives, dealing with wars, disease, lack of personal freedom, terror, etc, and this book describes several during the seige of Sarajevo several years ago. It had some similarities to Scott Simon's "Pretty Birds" which I also liked.
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  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
The Cellist of Sarajevo took me a lot longer to read than I would have predicted from its 235 slender pages. That's because its four-character perspective on life in wartime Sarajevo was sad, and difficult, and thoughtful, and I had to take breaks from it so as not to be caught in the undertow. This is the first novel I've read about a war that I actually was alive for and remember, and yet I don't think I focused much on it at the time, which makes me feel pretty ashamed of myself. I know the same is true for me with the many conflicts going on right now though too. The balance between going about a normal life and taking in all the suffering in the world at the same time is very delicate.

Toward the end of the book one of the characters reflects that " . . . civilization isn't a thing you build and then there it is, you have it forever. It needs to be built constantly, re-created daily. It vanishes far more quickly than he ever would have thought possible (p. 223)." Through the characters' thoughts about who they and Sarajevo itself used to be versus the unthinkable world they live in and the ways they have learned to cope during the war, that message is really brought home. All in all, a really worthwhile, well-written, challenging, thought-provoking book. ( )
  CaitlinMcC | Jul 11, 2021 |
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Canadian Galloway (Ascension) delivers a tense and haunting novel following four people trying to survive war-torn Sarajevo. .... With wonderfully drawn characters and a stripped-down narrative, Galloway brings to life a distant conflict.
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Roman om en by og dens indbyggere i krig. Under belejringen af Sarajevo i 1992 sidder en cellist dag efter dag foran sit hus og spiller i protest mod grusomhederne. Han er et oplagt mål for snigskytterne i bjergene rundt om byen, men han ved ikke, at en kvindelig skarpskytte holder øje med ham for at holde ham i live.

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Roman om en by og dens indbyggere i krig. Under belejringen af Sarajevo i 1992 sidder en cellist dag efter dag foran sit hus og spiller i protest mod grusomhederne. Han er et oplagt mål for snigskytterne i bjergene rundt om byen, men han ved ikke, at en kvindelig skarpskytte holder øje med ham for at holde ham i live
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