Discussion groupís next book set during siege of Sarajevo
June 28, 2013
The July 16 selection for the local Tuesday morning book discussion group, The Cellist of Sarajevo† by Steven Galloway, is† memorable, spare and haunting,† a wise and beautiful novel about the endurance of the human spirit and the subtle ways individuals reclaim their humanity† in a city ravaged by war.†
The book discussion group meets Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room at the Cole Library.
The Cellist is set in the real backdrop of the Siege of Sarajevo, a six-year war in which Sarajevo withstood a barrage of mortar shells averaging 329 per day and snipers picking people off the streets around the clock. Written in the present tense, the reader is with† four characters on the streets of Sarajevo during the siege of l992-1995, the longest siege in history.
From his window, a musician sees 22 of his friends and neighbors waiting in a line for bread. He enters the marketplace and plays Albinoni's "Adagio," his own body in the sights of a sniper's rifle, as people gather to listen to the cellist's haunting music.†
Anyone who loves books is invited to attend the discussion.†Those with questions can call 319-535-1087.