Ivo Andric’s ‘The Bridge Over the Drina’ forces the reader to recognise this. It has in common with the great 19th-century novels a huge cast-list. The book The Bridge on the Drina, Ivo Andric is published by University of Chicago Press. The Bridge Over The Drina . Ivo Andric In the small Bosnian town of Visegrad the stone bridge of the novel’s title, built in the sixteenth.

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Ethnic Turks they certainly were not.

Local Mass Killing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Then they took Radisav by surprise and drowned him while he was asleep, binding him with silken ropes for against silk his talisman could not help him. The first nationalist tensions arise in the 19th century, with the outbreak of the First Serbian Uprising in present-day central Serbia.

Buy the selected items together This item: Previous Post Title Pick: Sells, Michael Anthony In place of these there is the bridge, whose birth we attend, whose stability we come to count on.

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But none the less it would be hard to say with certainty that this opinion is correct. Since I can’t read Serbo-Croatian, I’m uncertain whether Andric intended us to accept that the converts identified themselves as Turks or whether the translator simply brushed the issue aside. Every important moment in the lives of the local residents comes to revolve around the bridge, with Christian children crossing it to be baptized on the opposite bank, and children of all religions playing around it.

It is the focal point of the town, and most important events occur on or near it. They did not even squabble about this, so convinced were both sides in their own belief.

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An outline of some fifty pages has been preserved, as well as jotting treating various aspects of the subject matter. As a diplomat in former Yugoslavia and its present-day remnants, to read igo then put ones feet on the ground that Ivo Andric a former diplomat, too wrote about is enough to make me go back again and again to those hallowed places. Retrieved from ” https: He was a great hero and defended on this spot the crossing of the Drina against an infidel army. Read more Read less.

On the right bank of brigde river, starting from the bridge itself, lay and partly on the hillside. Patterson describes The Bridge on the Drina as a seminal work whose themes and motifs—forced labour, invasion, annexation and displacement—would appear frequently in subsequent 20th-century fiction. I read it in two sessions having to pause to reflect and consider so many issues that are raised.


The Bridge on the Drina Ivo Andric. I wonder what I miss in translation, but I am glad to have read it. English Choose a language for shopping. Could a man-made creation serve a nobler purpose? Review Text “The Bridge on the Drina” is a vivid depiction of the suffering history has imposed upon the people show more.

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In the middle of the parapet, the stone rose higher than a man and in it, near the top, was inserted a plaque of white marble with a rich Turkish inscription, a tarih, with a carved chronogram which told in thirthen verses the name of the man who built the bridge and the year in which it was built.

They had always known these things as if they had come into andriic world with them, even as they knew their prayers, but could not remember from whom they had learnt them nor when they had first heard them. You are commenting using your Facebook account. The Bridge Anrdic Stands.

There, on great occasions or times of change, were posted proclamations ivvo public notices on the raised wall below the marble plaque with the Turkish inscription and above the fountainbut there too, right up tohung or were exposed on stakes the heads of all those who for whatever reason had been executed in that frontier town, especially in years of unrest, were frequent and in some years, as we shall see, almost of daily occurrence.

Great heroes lived on earth in those days, when the stone had not yet hardened and was soft as the earth and the horses, like the warriors, were of colossal growth. 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.

The Bridge on the Drina

The Bridge on the Drina Serbo-Croatian: The chronicle traces its history igo the sixteenth century to the First World War, and uses the bridge to bind the individual chapters and stories together. His whole field of vision was filled by that dry, rough road which became darkness and enveloped him.

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.


He opened his mouth wide and felt his eyes bulging in his head. So be it, thought the hodja. 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.

On it nothing grew or blossomed save some short grass, hard and prickly bridgr barbed wire. After I finished the book, I looked the author up on Wikipedia and I bridte I had no idea while reading the book what faith he was because he wrote about the Christian and Muslim villagers with such insight you could almost think he had both faiths in his family. He spent much of World War I in captivity, and was only freed in Julyafter Emperor Charles declared a general amnesty for political prisoners.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The two terraces were about five paces long and the same in width and were bordered, as was the whole length of the bridge, by a stone parapet.

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Bosnian Novelist and Short-Story Writer”. Life in Visegrad, with its uneasy blend of Muslims, Christians and Jews, flows under the bridge as steadily as time, now a turbid torrent now a turgid trickle but like Time itself always toward the sea of forgetfulness.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. A Life in Prague, There too gathered the beggars, the maimed and the lepers, as well as the young and healthy who wanted to see and be seen, and all those who had something remarkable to show in produce, clothes or weapons. He sweeps the reader through four hundred years of rich, tumultuous history, infusing his book with every human emotion along the way. By using tne website you agree to our use of cookies.

At the very end of the town the Rzav flows into the Drina, so that the centr and at the same time the main part of the town lay on a sandy tongue of land between two ahdric, the great and the samll, which met there and its scattered outskirts streched out from the both sides of the bridges, along the left bank of the Drina and the right bank of the Rzav.

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