The Cellist of Sarajevo

by

Steven Galloway

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The Cellist of Sarajevo Symbols

Gray

Galloway relentlessly describes Sarajevo as being gray, which shows how the harsh circumstances of the war have sucked this city of all its joy and vibrant culture. Dragan and Kenan, both life-long Sarajevans, note…

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The Cellist

The Cellist, once the principal cello of the Sarajevo Symphony Orchestra, plays his cello in the street to commemorate the victims of a mortar attack. Listening to music is a frivolous activity that seems to…

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Albinoni’s Adagio

After a mortar attack kills 22 people, the Cellist decides to play a piece of music called Albinoni’s Adagio in the open square for 22 days to commemorate the victims. The piece is based on…

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