The Cellist of Sarajevo is partly based on fact,everyday the cellist goes into the streets of sarojevo, and plays albinoni’s Adagio, to remind the people of Sarajevo that even though they are in danger, there is still some beauty in the world, he plays it for 22 days, at the same time, and at the same place to remember the 22 people who lost their lives.
The story has three main characters, who each relate to the story. There is Arrow, a talented shot, who is recruited to keep the snipers away. Her problems with being a hired killer add a lot to the story, then there is Kenan, who has to cross the city to get water everyday, and has to risk the snipers, and sudden death, and finally there is Dragan, who does not who out of his friends he can trust.
Arrow has to keep the Cellist alive, so she protects him from the snipers, but without him knowing about her, whilst the challenges of every day life are vividly drawn. Crossing the road is a constant danger for pedestrians, as the snipers wait for them to cross, whilst the country is in a state of turmoil, the Cellist continues to play, constantly kept alive by Arrow, but the book does not stay away from the realities of live either, and the ending of the novel is particularly moving.
Although the book is based on fact, a lot of liberties have also been taken, to add to the story of the Cellist (who escaped from Sarajevo,eventually, ending up in Dublin). The book is very well written, it is immediate, and touching, and shows the strength of the human spirit when faced with the adversity that wars bring.