himself, and then he and his cello will coax Albinoni's Adagio out of the When the mortars destroyed the Sarajevo Opera Hall, the cellist felt as if he were. The cellist, who remains nameless throughout Steven Galloway's novel, The Cellist of Sarajevo, becomes the subject of much speculation and concern in the . Naxos AudioBooks established its reputation as the leading label for classics on audiobooks with a series of award-winning recordings, both abridged and.
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Book key. 1 Open answers. 2 Galloway heard the story of a Sarajevo cellist who played for people in the street during the siege. He used the idea to write his. Dear Literature Scholars: I've posted the full text of The Cellist of Sarajevo below. For ease of access, please download it to your hard drive. The best study guide to The Cellist of Sarajevo on the planet, from the Get the entire The Cellist of Sarajevo LitChart as a printable PDF.
He reveals the danger that compulsion poses to ones integrity and the empathy one feels for his fellow race. This is portrayed in the character of Kenan, a middle aged family man.
He must go get water for his family through the dangerous and lethal streets of Sarajevo where the snipers reign free. The courage it takes to retrieve the water nurtures his integrity by challenging it.
Water is a necessity that Kenan must have in order to survive and keep his family alive as well. He does not only go to the brewery for water for himself but also for his unappreciative elderly neighbor Mrs.
He risks his life even more by being weighed down by two extra bottles of water. He doesnt have to retrieve her water but he made a promise to her before the water that everyonewill help each other While Mrs. Ristovski is very unkind and not very grateful towards Kenan for risking his life for the water, Kenan is determined to help her out because a promise is a promise His determination to abide by his promise, while being a simple act of neighborly duty, is also sustaining his personal integrity.
He is feeding the humanity that demands he help his neighbor in this time of need and to not let her die or exploit her essential thirst.
Kenan is not the type of person that would exploit the resources available to him and the desperation of those around him.
No person he would want to be would do that Kenans sense of integrity is infuriated when he witnesses a man selling water as it is Kenan is outraged and charges at the despicable being but the man drives off in his black mercedes Kenans reaction to the blatant apathy displayed by his countrymen at the suffering of their nation is a display of his moral outrage.
Before the war he believed that everyone will help each other and his outrage verifies that this outlook still holds true. Kenan has a belief that people should help each other out which stems from his faith that they will be the ones who rebuild Sarajevo This faith was destroyed beforehand by the realization that he has broken promises to others[and] he will again before he leaves Mrs.
Ristovskis water behind.
The faith is resurrected as he listens to the cellist and watches as his city heals itself He comes to the realization that he must risk his life and continue to fetch water for Mrs. Yet, when similarly bad times descend on the former Yugoslavia, the armed forces fighting for the city quickly understand the potential significance of the cellist's actions. Sarajevans risk their lives, snaking through city streets that have become shooting galleries to hear the cellist play.
Regardless of his intentions, the cellist's performances draw attention to the savagery of the conflict. The musician at the center of such high stakes is a comparatively minor character.
In the aftermath, without an orchestra, opera house, or other performance prospects, the virtuoso still practices every day for reasons he probably cannot even articulate. Playing the cello becomes the only thing that gives him hope.
On days when even his normal practice routine fails to restore hope, the cellist plays one particular piece, an adagio, set aside as a last resort.
The discomfort caused by such routines becomes clear when we map the behavior to less savory pursuits: the incipient stalker who tries to last several days before driving past the house of a former lover; the fad dieter who rewards a day of unhealthy fasting by binging on ice cream; the despairing soul that holds to only two drinks except on the days that seem too long to wait for two more drinks.
In making such analogies, I do not mean to suggest that playing music is any way unhealthy. Given the state of Sarajevo during the siege, I doubt the cellist could have done anything more worthwhile.
And given the satisfaction of musical accomplishment, I can think of few things better for anyone on any day. However, managing stress and satisfaction, whether in the form of addiction or musical accomplishment, is often a private matter.
By playing music in that terrible time, Galloway's cellist is managing the intimate struggles of his daily life. By taking those struggles to the market, the cellist is simply doing the thing that artists do best: placing personal struggles on public display. The soldiers and politicians who imagine the cellist is staging a dramatic protest are only half-right: it is indeed a demonstration, but one more personal than political.