The musician had been the principal cellist of the Sarajevo Symphony Orchestra, until the soldiers came and perched themselves on the hills surrounding the city. The resulting siege has been inexorable, and the city is being destroyed. Worst of all, the siege is destroying souls.
One afternoon, the cellist is standing by his window, watching his neighbors line up in the street below to buy bread. A mortar explodes among them. Exactly twenty-four hours later, the cellist descends the staircase leading from his apartment, carrying his cello...
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