The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway

Sarajevo is a city under siege. As the mortars fall and the snipers conduct their deadly business, a cellist sits at his window, playing Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor. Then a bomb kills 22 people waiting in line to buy bread on the street below .For the next 22 days he will carry his cello into the cratered street at four each afternoon and play the Adagio in memory of the dead.

The Cellist of Sarajevo imagines those 22 days through the eyes of three of its citizens: Kenan, who sets out every few days to fetch water for his family; Dragan, who longs to be reunited with his wife and son; and Arrow, a crack 'counter-sniper', who is assigned the job of keeping the cellist alive.

Though the setting is the siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s, this gripping novel transcends time and place. It is a universal story, and a testimony to the struggle to find meaning, grace, and humanity, even amid the most unimaginable horrors.” Review by Khaled Hosseini,