Text and images Britt-Arnhild Wigum Lindland
It is almost a year since we visited Bosnia. Some time during the winter I got a facebook friend from Sarajevo. He posts the most stunning, beautiful photos of his city and his country. Even though I used every minutes the few days we spent in Sarajevo, I realise that I have seen almost nothing. I open Faruk's photos again and again, I read Rebecca West's Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, and I want to go back!!!
During our days in Sarajevo we tried to find out where to see The Sarajevo Haggadah. As it is shown to public only four days a year it was impossible for us, but in the Jewish Synagogue we were able to see a copy. A few weeks ago another copy was here in Trondheim for one day only. Of course I went there to see.
The Sarajevo Haggadah has the most fascinating history. Geraldine Brooks has used this story as a background when writing her book The People of the Book. A book well worth reading.
Lat autumn a blog reader sent me Steven Galloway's The Cellist of Sarajevo. Yo-Yo Ma plays The Cellist of Sarajevo by David Vilde on his cd The Essential. I play it over and over again, remembering the sad, dramatic history of Sarajevo abd the Bosnian people, once again looking at Faruk's stunning photos,, reading yet again pages from Rebecca West's book.
Sarajevo, one day you'll have me back.