The Cellist of Sarajevo
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The Cellist of Sarajevo: Steven Galloway: 9781594483653: Amazon.com: Books

The Cellist of Sarajevo

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The Cellist of Sarajevo [Steven Galloway] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A spare and haunting, wise and beautiful novel about war and the endurance of the human spirit and the subtle ways individuals reclaim their humanity. In a city under siege
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   The Cellist of Sarajevo follows the story of three primary people surrounding the story of one person. The three main people are Arrow, Dragan, and Kenan. These three people tell different stories of their lives in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Life in the city is very difficult with people dying all the time from snipers on the outskirts of the city randomly selecting targets and shooting, along with the random mortar shellings of the city. Arrow is a sniper for the national army trying to defend the city, Dragan is a man who was lucky enough to get his family out of the city before the war started but is now trying to survive on his own, and Kenan is a struggling father and husband to a family still stuck in the city as he tries to stay strong. All these stories, unknowingly by the characters, intertwine through a cellist who sits out in the middle of the street, open to snipers, and plays music for the people every day. Arrow is the best sniper in the city, and she must defend the Cellist as he plays in the same spot every day at the same time. Dragan is just trying to figure out a way to stay alive and out of hunger by himself by going to the bread store he used to work at. Kenan is a family man, making the trek out to the brewery in order to find some clean water he can fill up a bunch of bottles with so that they have water for the next few days. Their separate stories of survival and emotions through this time is what makes the book interesting as each person has different thoughts and feelings towards the cellist and how he reminds them of a city they once loved.

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Street of Sarajevo During the War

Street of Sarajevo During the War | The Cellist of Sarajevo | Scoop.it
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The streets of Sarajevo were very desolate and barren during the war. No one wanted to be out since they were afraid of being shot by a sniper. Constant bombings and shots destroyed the buildings and all resources.

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How Bosnia's Saviors Became Its Jailers.

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This article talks about the UN negotiations with General Mladic of the Bosnian Serb troops. The General wants to make a deal with the UN in order to stop the war happening. He presents the plan in a way that makes it sound as if the UN will take over and reestablish the new government and city. The UN knows better than this however, they've been tricked before by a suspicious plan. General Mladic had fired shells onto a UN held position with the only reason to not retaliate was to keep these talks at a safe level. It is known that whenever Mladic wants to make a deal with the UN it is only because it will not harm his own military ambitions in the war. The UN is very unsure about the deals as peacekeepers have been sent before and killed by both sides of the conflicts. The correct side to defend and help is very vague as both sides can use the UN to appear helpful but are easily seen through as selfish deals to better their own situation to win. In making a deal with Mladic, the UN may just become a large force encouraging the sieges and furthering the situation from the end.

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Sunshine in Sarajevo

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A reporter is trying to get the Sarajevo production of "Hair" to come to the U.S. by writing an article and increasing awareness but he waiting to see if the U.S. government will approve of the flight over. The reporter writes of a time when he went to Sarajevo to see the conflict for himself. He heard of a musical that was being performed one night and wanted to view it. He arrived at a partially destroyed theater with no heating, no electricity but a small generator, and no funds for props or costumes. He arrived in an armored vehicle with a bullet proof vest but as he looks around, everyone else walked there through the sniper filled city and random mortars. The people are extremely happy to see this production that the 150 person capacity theater holds well over that. The production is all in Serbo-Croatian and is not about a man avoiding the Vietnam-era draft but living in the 90's era Sarajevo with songs omitted, changed order, or even lyrics changed. The people enjoy it so much they laugh, cry, smile, dance, hug, and sing. The musical takes the troubles away for a short time and improve their lives tremendously for a short time.

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Welcome To Veterans Support Foundation

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This website is made to help veterans of American wars. It gives information about its main goals as a support cite: help support non-profit veterans projects, assist disabled veterans, assist and provide transitional housing, and to enrich the lives of veterans and their families. The website gives detailed information on each of these goals. For housing, it gives where the housing is, how many rooms it has, and how the veteran must conduct themselves around the home in order to stay there. For the projects, it can be looked up by which state you live in for where and what type of project is going on. There are programs for veterans that can't make it into housing to help them back onto their feet and back out to get a job. On top of all this, there are ways given so that people can help, primarily through donations of various amounts to keep the projects, housing, and programs going that help the veterans.

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During and After Shot of a Building During the War

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The buildings of Sarajevo were destroyed during the war. The electricity rarely worked and clean water was a luxury that required travel to find. The living conditions the people of Sarajevo dealt with were deplorable and they constantly lived in fear of death.

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A Sarajevo Diary - From bad to worse - YouTube

Between 1992 and 1993, Bill Tribe and a Channel 4 film crew travel to the besieged city of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. This is the extended edition, fea...
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A man, Bill Tribe and a news crew traveled to Sarajevo in the middle of the Bosnian War. Sarajevo is deep into the siege. The city is without electricity, without fuel, without heat, without easily accessible drinking water. He is there to return to some family and document the situation going on in the city. He shows his son-in-law who stayed behind in Sarajevo at the beginning of the war to protect the belongings while Tribe's daughter and grandsons escape to England to live peacefully and without risk of death. Tribe's son-in-law is obviously torn by this and has trouble being away from his family for so long. Tribe argues the war started in Sarajevo with the first shot being on peaceful protesters who did not want the new government being set up and nothing else. He argues the people of the city did nothing to deserve the blockade and intense fighting that came very soon after the protests. The Serbians and the Muslims were to be divided because it was decided on by higher powered people even though many Serbians and Muslims already worked, lived and spent time together happily.

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Mortars Hit Sarajevo School

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Mortars were fired upon a school in Sarajevo. The school was being paid for by the French to help the children of the area. The bombs destroyed most of the school and caused lots of harm to many of the kids. There were bags, sneakers, and school supplies of kids all over. Also, many kids were killed, body parts of kids littered the area including large pools of blood. The playground for the kids had lots of body parts and blood over it. Overall, at least one teacher was killed and nine children in the bombings. They are unsure which side fired the mortars.

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Sarajevo in Present Time

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Now a days, Sarajevo is a beautiful place to visit. It is a large tourist attraction but the pain of the war still lingers in the people who experienced it. The city has recovered well and welcomes anyone to its great landscapes.

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Tourist Map of Sarjevo

Tourist Map of Sarjevo | The Cellist of Sarajevo | Scoop.it
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This shows the major locations in Sarajevo. You can see where the river is and the bridges that go over it. The lives of the people of Sarajevo can be imagined how crossing the bridges were so dangerous and took a long time of waiting to avoid getting shot.

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