The Cellist of Sarajevo, CD-Audio Book

The Cellist of Sarajevo CD-Audio

Narrated by Gareth Armstrong

Part of the Contemporary Fiction series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Sarajevo, in the 1990s, is a hellish place. The ongoing war devours human life, tears families apart and transforms even banal routines, such as acquiring water, into life-threatening expeditions.

Day after day, a cellist stations himself in the midst of the devastation, defying the ever-present snipers to play tributes to victims of a massacre.

This true story of a cellist's resistance is the pivot of Steven Galloway's extraordinary novel.

Against this, Galloway touchingly describes three ordinary townspeople and their efforts to retain their humanity, sanity and autonomy as war takes hold of their lives.

This bestselling novel is immediate, vivid and deeply affecting on audiobook, fully immersing the listener in the havoc of war.


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The siege of Sarajevo took place from 5/4/1992 to 29/2/1996; approximately 10000 people were killed by shells which hit the city every day and by gunfire from snipers in the surrounding hills as they went about the vital business of obtaining food and water.The cellist was a symbol of hope for many people as he sat in the square and played each day for 22 days in memory of the 22 people who had been killed there by a bomb. The story is a true story and I found the courage of the people so inspiring.

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Beautifully observed and quite enigmatic account of life in Sarajevo during the conflict there. Life was hard for the people and this novel brought that to the page. Well worth a read.

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