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The Cellist of Sarajevo | [Steven Galloway]

The Cellist of Sarajevo

Snipers in the hills overlook half the intersections in Sarajevo. 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. But he is unaware that one young woman observes his performance with unflinching attention... a counter sniper, detailed to protect him from enemy marksmen.
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Publisher's Summary

Snipers in the hills overlook half the intersections in Sarajevo. 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. But he is unaware that one young woman observes his performance with unflinching attention... a counter sniper, detailed to protect him from enemy marksmen.

©2009 Steven Galloway; (P)2009 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Galloway delivers a tense and haunting novel." (Publishers Weekly)
"A controlled and subtle piece of craftmanship." (The Observer)

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  • Joanna
    Monmouth, United Kingdom
    10/14/09
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    "Well written but...."

    this promised to be a good and gripping story but suddenly it was finished. Loose ends all over the place, it just didn't go anywhere. As a description of what Sarejevo was like in the war it was very vivid, but as a story, completely unsatisfying.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    Cheltenham, Gloucester, United Kingdom
    11/8/09
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    "Didn't finish it"

    I tried and tried with this one, but couldn't get on with the way it was read. It just felt very flat to me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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