The Cellist of Sarajevo

The Cellist of Sarajevo
Author: Steven Galloway
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780307371652
Available:
Release: 2009-02-24
Editor: Vintage Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This brilliant novel with universal resonance tells the story of three people trying to survive in a city rife with the extreme fear of desperate times, and of the sorrowing cellist who plays undaunted in their midst. One day a shell lands in a bread line and kills twenty-two people as the cellist watches from a window in his flat. He vows to sit in the hollow where the mortar fell and play Albinoni’s Adagio once a day for each of the twenty-two victims. The Adagio had been re-created from a fragment after the only extant score was firebombed in the Dresden Music Library, but the fact that it had been rebuilt by a different composer into something new and worthwhile gives the cellist hope. Meanwhile, Kenan steels himself for his weekly walk through the dangerous streets to collect water for his family on the other side of town, and Dragan, a man Kenan doesn’t know, tries to make his way towards the source of the free meal he knows is waiting. Both men are almost paralyzed with fear, uncertain when the next shot will land on the bridges or streets they must cross, unwilling to talk to their old friends of what life was once like before divisions were unleashed on their city. Then there is “Arrow,” the pseudonymous name of a gifted female sniper, who is asked to protect the cellist from a hidden shooter who is out to kill him as he plays his memorial to the victims. In this beautiful and unforgettable novel, Steven Galloway has taken an extraordinary, imaginative leap to create a story that speaks powerfully to the dignity and generosity of the human spirit under extraordinary duress.

The Cellist of Sarajevo

The Cellist of Sarajevo
Author: Steven Galloway
Pages: 230
ISBN: 9781921921049
Available:
Release: 2009-03-02
Editor: Text Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Sarajevo is under siege. As mortars fall and snipers stalk the city’s abandoned buildings, a cellist sits at his window playing Albinoni’s Adagio. Then a bomb kills twenty-two people in the street below. For the next twenty-two days he will carry his cello into the cratered street below and play the Adagio in memory of the dead.

Plpr3

Plpr3
Author: Annette Keen
Pages: 64
ISBN: 1408291371
Available:
Release: 2013
Editor: Longman
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Tells the story of three people trying to survive in a city rife with the extreme fear of desperate times, and of the sorrowing cellist who plays undaunted in their midst. One day a shell lands in a bread line and kills twenty-two people as the cellist watches from a window in his flat. He vows to sit in the hollow where the mortar fell and play Albinoni's Adagio once a day for each of the twenty-two victims. In this beautiful and unforgettable novel, Steven Galloway has taken an extraordinary, imaginative leap to create a story that speaks powerfully to the dignity and generosity of the human spirit under extraordinary duress.

Flowers for Sarajevo

Flowers for Sarajevo
Author: John McCutcheon
Pages: 40
ISBN: 1909991775
Available:
Release: 2018-06
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Finnie Walsh

Finnie Walsh
Author: Steven Galloway
Pages: 163
ISBN: 9780307398659
Available:
Release: 2010
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Finnie Walsh will forever remain in my daily thoughts, not only because of the shocking circumstances of his absurd demise, but because he managed to misunderstand what was truly important even though he was right about almost everything else." So begins Steven Galloway's critically acclaimed first novel. The story is told by Paul Woodward, Finnie's best friend and the only good child in a long line of delinquents. Hockey is one of the few things they have in common: Finnie's family is rich and snobbish, while Paul's father works the night shift at the local mill owned by Finnie's father. One fateful day, the boys noisily play hockey in the Woodwards' driveway, keeping Paul's father awake. This seemingly innocent activity triggers a shattering chain of events. "Finnie Walsh" has been compared to the work of John Irving, but Galloway's voice, most particularly his unforgettable portrait of the title character, is uniquely his own.

Study Guide the Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway SuperSummary

Study Guide  the Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway  SuperSummary
Author: SuperSummary
Pages: 36
ISBN: 1798510472
Available:
Release: 2019-03-02
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 36-page guide for "The Cellist of Sarajevo" by Steven Galloway includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 4 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like The Effects of War and The Redemptive Power of Art.

Ascension

Ascension
Author: Steven Galloway
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780307375407
Available:
Release: 2011-07-27
Editor: Vintage Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The acclaimed author of Finnie Walsh turns from small-town hockey to the extraordinary intrigues of circus life during the heyday of the Big Top through the story of Salvo Ursari, undisputed master of the high wire. As the novel opens, it is the summer of 1976. Salvo is 66 years old and has decided he can never retire. Already famous thanks to his days in an American circus, he has made a living in recent times performing solo walks of extraordinary difficulty. And so he finds himself attempting to accomplish the most difficult feat of his career: to walk a wire strung between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, 1350 feet from the ground. Transylvania in 1919 is a place of poverty and persecution for the Rom people. Salvo follows his father to a village church, where the senior Ursari -- the only man who volunteers for the task -- is to climb the steeple to replace a large iron crucifix that had been removed for safe-keeping during the war. He restores the cross, but it is not properly attached and as they are leaving, it falls, killing a priest. When the villagers exact their revenge, Salvo’s parents are killed and he is separated from his brother and sister. Thus begins nearly a lifetime of being forced to flee from suspicion and misfortune that takes the reader from Europe to the US to British Columbia’s Fraser Valley and back to Manhattan. Ascension combines powerful storytelling -- including stories of the Romany people, poverty-stricken but resourceful, and rich in legend -- with great surprise and originality; Steven Galloway makes it clear why he is one of the hottest young writers in Canada today. Excerpt from Ascension “Once a newspaper man had asked him what it felt like to walk high above the crowd, with death looming beneath you and success a long way off on the other platform. Salvo had told the man that it was like being a bird, an eagle, but he knew that wasn’t true at all. He was a man, nothing more. Still, he was a man who dared do things other men watched and admired and were jealous of. He walked for these people as much as for anyone. But today he was walking only for himself. That was the difference with these solo walks. When he was among them, he was one of them, but here he is timeless, one man on a wire far above it all, in a separate place. He was not free, but he was as free as he would ever be.”

Pretty Birds

Pretty Birds
Author: Scott Simon
Pages: 351
ISBN: 0733621279
Available:
Release: 2006
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the spring of 1992, Irena Zaric is a star on her high school basketball team, a tough, funny teenager who has taught her parrot, Pretty Bird, to do a decent imitation of a ball hitting a hoop. Irena wears her hair short like K.D. Lang's, and she loves

The Wolf of Sarajevo

The Wolf of Sarajevo
Author: Matthew Palmer
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780698196001
Available:
Release: 2016-05-24
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A riveting novel of international suspense from acclaimed author and veteran diplomat Matthew Palmer. Twenty years after the Srebrenica massacre that claimed the life of his friend and colleague, Eric Petrosian is back in Sarajevo at the American embassy, and the specter of war once again hangs over the Balkans. The Bosnian Serb leader, who had for a time been seeking a stable peace, has turned back to his nationalist roots and is threatening to pull Bosnia apart in a bloody struggle for control . . . and behind him is a shadowy mafia figure pulling the strings. As Eric is dragged deeper into the political maelstrom and uncovers a plot of blackmail and ruthless ambitions, Eric is faced with an impossible choice: use the information he’s uncovered to achieve atonement for the past or use it to shape the future.

Zlata s Diary

Zlata s Diary
Author: Zlata Filipovic
Pages: 197
ISBN: 0143036874
Available:
Release: 2006
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A chronicle of the war in Sarajevo from a child's perspective details the author's struggle for survival and a normal life in a chaotic nation from 1991 through 1993, revealing how an innocent life of piano lessons and birthday parties was transformed into horrifying days of food shortages, friends dying, and hiding out in a neighbor's cellar during bombings. Reissue.

Goodbye Sarajevo

Goodbye Sarajevo
Author: Atka Reid,Hana Schofield
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781408827758
Available:
Release: 2014-05-13
Editor: A&C Black
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A moving and compelling true story about two sisters fighting for survival in Sarajevo during the Bosnian war

The Cellist of Sarajevo

The Cellist of Sarajevo
Author: Steven Galloway
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0857574892
Available:
Release: 2009
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Echoes from the Square

Echoes from the Square
Author: Elizabeth Wellburn,Deryk Houston
Pages: 32
ISBN: 0921156995
Available:
Release: 1998-01-01
Editor: Oakville, Ont. : Rubicon Pub.
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Story of how a young boy learns to cope in the aftermath of war

Paradise Alley

Paradise Alley
Author: Kevin Baker
Pages: 704
ISBN: 9780061748981
Available:
Release: 2009-03-17
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

They came by boat from a starving land—and by the Underground Railroad from Southern chains—seeking refuge in a crowded, filthy corner of hell at the bottom of a great metropolis. But in the terrible July of 1863, the poor and desperate of Paradise Alley would face a new catastrophe—as flames from the war that was tearing America in two reached out to set their city on fire.

Come Thou Tortoise

Come  Thou Tortoise
Author: Jessica Grant
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780307373922
Available:
Release: 2010-03-09
Editor: Vintage Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A delightfully offbeat story that features an opinionated tortoise and her owner who find themselves in the middle of a life-changing mystery. Audrey (a.k.a. Oddly) Flowers is living quietly in Oregon with Winnifred, her tortoise, when she finds out her dear father has been knocked into a coma back in Newfoundland. Despite her fear of flying, she goes to him, but not before she reluctantly dumps Winnifred with her unreliable friends. Poor Winnifred. When Audrey disarms an Air Marshal en route to St. John’s we begin to realize there’s something, well, odd about her. And we soon know that Audrey’s quest to discover who her father really was – and reunite with Winnifred – will be an adventure like no other. Excerpt: Winnifred is old. She might be three hundred. She came with the apartment. The previous tenant, a rock climber named Cliff, was embarking on a rock-climbing adventure that would not have been much fun for Winnifred. Back then her name was Iris. Cliff had inherited Iris from the previous tenant. Nobody knew how old Iris was or where she had come from originally. Now Cliff was moving out. He said, Would you like a tortoise. I would not say no to a tortoise, I said. I was alone in Portland and the trees were giant. I picked her up and she blinked at me with her upside-down eyelids. I felt instantly calm. Her eyes were soft brown. Her skin felt like an old elbow. I will build you a castle, I whispered. With a pool. And I was true to my word.

The Cello of Mr O

The Cello of Mr  O
Author: Jane Cutler,Greg Couch
Pages: 32
ISBN: 0142401749
Available:
Release: 2004-08-01
Editor: Puffin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When a concert cellist plays in the square for his neighbors in a war-besieged city, his priceless instrument is destroyed by a mortar shell, but he finds the courage to return the next day to perform with a harmonica. Full color.

The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios

The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios
Author: Yann Martel
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780307367723
Available:
Release: 2013-11-19
Editor: Vintage Canada
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The appearance of a young storyteller with a unique fictional voice is cause for celebration. Yann Martel's title story (described as "unforgettable...a truly stunning piece of fiction"), won the 1991 Journey Prize to universal acclaim. The intensely human tragedy that lies at its heart is told with a spare, careful elegance that resonates long after it has ended -- and is matched through all the stories by an immediacy an dazzling freshness.

When the Apricots Bloom

When the Apricots Bloom
Author: Gina Wilkinson
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781496729361
Available:
Release: 2021-02-02
Editor: Kensington Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Inspired by her own experiences in Iraq during Saddam Hussein’s rule, Gina Wilkinson’s evocative, suspenseful debut is told through the eyes of three very different women confronting the limits of friendship and forgiveness, and the strength of a mother’s love. At night, in Huda’s fragrant garden, a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad, rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate. Huda, a secretary at the Australian embassy, lives in fear of the mukhabarat—the secret police who watch and listen for any scrap of information that can be used against America and its allies. They have ordered her to befriend Ally Wilson, the deputy ambassador’s wife. Huda has no wish to be an informant, but fears for her teenaged son, who may be forced to join a deadly militia. Nor does she know that Ally has dangerous secrets of her own. Huda’s former friend, Rania, enjoyed a privileged upbringing as the daughter of a sheikh. Now her family’s wealth is gone, and Rania too is battling to keep her child safe and a roof over their heads. As the women’s lives intersect, their hidden pasts spill into the present. Facing possible betrayal at every turn, all three must trust in a fragile, newfound loyalty, even as they discover how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect their families.

Half Blood Blues

Half Blood Blues
Author: Esi Edugyan
Pages: 236
ISBN: 9781847656568
Available:
Release: 2011-06-02
Editor: Profile Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Chip told us not to go out. Said, don't you boys tempt the devil. But it been one brawl of a night, I tell you. The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He was twenty years old. He was a German citizen. And he was black. Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero's bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back to Berlin. Persuaded by his old friend Chip, Sid discovers there's more to the journey than he thought when Chip shares a mysterious letter, bringing to the surface secrets buried since Hiero's fate was settled. In Half Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan weaves the horror of betrayal, the burden of loyalty and the possibility that, if you don't tell your story, someone else might tell it for you. And they just might tell it wrong ...

Sarajevo

Sarajevo
Author: Zlatko Dizdarevic,Zlatko Dizdarević
Pages: 193
ISBN: UOM:39076001341481
Available:
Release: 1993
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Personal accounts describe life in a city under siege