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Riderwood-Beltsville Library Partnership Will Read "The Cellist of Sarajevo" for One Maryland One Book Project

June 11, 2012

SILVER SPRING, MD (June 11, 2012) - Riderwood retirement community's partnership with Beltsville Library this year will read Steven Galloway's novel "The Cellist of Sarajevo" as part of One Maryland One Book project held under auspices of Maryland Humanities Council. The book discussion by residents will be led by Barbara Spears, Branch Manager of Beltsville Library. It will be on Monday, December 3, from 10 a.m. - noon, in Village Square Classroom on the Riderwood campus, 3140 Gracefield Road, in Silver Spring,MD.
Inspired by the actions of a real cellist during the siege of Sarajevo, "The Cellist of Sarajevo"  is a haunting and beautiful tribute to the endurance of humanity in the face of merciless horror.  After witnessing the death of twenty-two of his friends and neighbors in a mortar attack, the cellist sits at the site of the attack, a small crater left at the point of contact, where he plays Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor each day for twenty-two days -- once for each of the dead.
The story is told through the eyes of three individuals---one man braving the streets under threat of snipers to collect water for his family; one man who makes his way through the city in search of a meal and instead runs into an old friend who reminds him of the city before the war; and a young woman recruited for her expert marksmanship---now a sniper herself---who is charged with protecting the cellist.
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