The Cellist of Sarajevo

Steven Galloway

The Cellist of Sarajevo

Steven Galloway depicts the siege of Sarajevo in the early 1990s in his taut, compelling third novel. The narrative was inspired by the real story of a cellist who braved danger every day to play an adagio in a public square to commemorate the victims of a bombing attack. The story is told through the eyes of three characters, including a sniper enlisted to protect the cellist. The Cellist of Sarajevo captures what it's like to live in a war zone with visceral clarity.


"Because civilization isn't a thing that you build and then there it is, you have it forever. It needs to be built constantly, recreated daily. It vanishes far more quickly than he ever would have thought possible. And if he wishes to live, he must do what he can to prevent the world he wants to live in from fading away. As long as there's war, life is a preventative measure."

From The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway ©2009. Published by Vintage Canada.

Steven Galloway on The Cellist of Sarajevo:

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