The Bridge on the Drina

The Bridge on the Drina

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The Bridge on the Drina is a vivid depiction of the suffering history has imposed upon the people of Bosnia from the late 16th century to the beginning of World War I. As we seek to make sense of the current nightmare in this region, this remarkable, timely book serves as a reliable guide to its people and history.

"No better introduction to the study of Balkan and Ottoman history exists, nor do I know of any work of fiction that more persuasively introduces the reader to a civilization other than our own. It is an intellectual and emotional adventure to encounter the Ottoman world through Andric's pages in its grandiose beginning and at its tottering finale. It is, in short, a marvelous work, a masterpiece, and very much sui generis. . . . Andric's sensitive portrait of social change in distant Bosnia has revelatory force."-William H. McNeill, from the introduction

"The dreadful events occurring in Sarajevo over the past several months turn my mind to a remarkable historical novel from the land we used to call Yugoslavia, Ivo Andric's The Bridge on the Drina."-John M. Mohan, Des Moines Sunday Register

Born in Bosnia, Ivo Andric (1892-1975) was a distinguished diplomat and novelist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. His books include The Damned Yard: And Other Stories, and The Days of the Consuls.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 133 x 210 x 19mm | 339g
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0226020452
  • 9780226020457
  • 12,607

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A great stone bridge built three centuries ago in the heart of the Balkans by a Grand Vezir of the Ottoman Empire dominates the setting of Ivo Andric's novel. A vivid depiction of the suffering history has imposed upon the people of Bosnia from the late sixteenth century to the beginning of World War I, 'The Bridge on the Drina' earned Andric the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961.
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"The Bridge on the Drina" is a vivid depiction of the suffering history has imposed upon the people
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About Ivo Andric

Ivo Andric, geb. 1892 in Travnik/Bosnien, gestorben 1975 in Belgrad gestorben, studierte Slawistik und Geschichte in Zagreb, Wien, Krakau und Graz, wo er auch promovierte. 1921 trat er in den diplomatischen Dienst ein. Er vertrat sein Land in Rom, Bukarest, Triest, Genua, Madrid und Berlin. 1939 war er jugoslawischer Botschafter in Berlin. Im Ersten Weltkrieg saß er wegen seiner politischen Tätigkeit in einem österreichischen Gefängnis, im Zweiten Weltkrieg haben ihn die Deutschen interniert. Seine berühmten Romane "Wesire und Konsuln" (I945) und "Die Brücke über die Drina" (I945) schrieb er während seiner Internierung im Zweiten Weltkrieg.
In Belgrad arbeitete er später zurückgezogen an seinen großen Romanen. 1961 erhielt er den Nobelpreis für Literatur.
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