History held a special attraction for this writer. Whatever has been behind his motivation to set his books in the past, Andric has certainly done well writing about the past. This novel is set Travnik city and it takes place during Napoleonic era. It could be said that he mastered and conquered the historical prose genre.
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Reply Andric was born in Bosnia, in the village of Dolac, near Travnik. He spent his youth in Bosnia part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the time and then went to study philosophy at the Universities of Zagreb, Vienna, and Cracow.
His studies were cut short by the outbreak of the WWI. He was jailed for his anti-Austrian activities at the beginning. After receiving a doctorate in letters from the University of Graz in , he entered the Yugoslav diplomatic service.
The last diplomatic post he held was that of Yugoslav minister in Berlin. Andric started his literary career as a poet. His first novel, Put Alije Djerzeleza The Journey of Alija Djerzelez , published in , manifests a dominant trait of his creative process. He takes his material from the life of Bosnia but presents it as a universal human problem.
Between the two world wars, Andric published three books of short stories under the same title, Pripovetke Stories , , and The first two are rather chronicles than novels about Bosnian history, folklore and culture, like most of his work. The author describes the life of this region in which East and West have for centuries clashed with their interests and influences, a region whose population is composed of different nationalities and religions.
Andric is at his best when he limits himself to his native Bosnia and her people. In Gospodjica The Woman from Sarajevo and Nove pripovetke New Stories , , Andric presented present-day people and problems, the psychology of the wealthy, the war and postwar periods, and the formation of a new society.
But in Prokleta avlija The Damned Yard , , Andric returned to his favorite milieu and described the experiences of a Bosnian Franciscan, Fra Peter, who is put in an Istanbul jail, being wrongly accused of plotting against Ottoman rule.
In Andric published another collection of stories, Lica Faces. He has also written several essays, prominent among which is Zapisi o Goji, Notes on Goya , Ivo Andric was one of the famous writers in the world and a distinguished diplomat. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in He died on March 13, Those of you who want to look into the labyrinth of Balkan history will find this book very useful.
This is a book about social changes in this region. It pivots upon the contrast between the small parochial existence of the quiet Bosnian town where the bridge is the central and everlasting feature versus the wider world of Balkan politics where Ottoman Turkey, Orthodox Serbia, and Catholic Austria-Hungary wage a centuries-long battle for political domination. The book is filled with memorable characters, soldiers, lovers, saloon-keepers, priests, and town leaders.
There is the 19th-century schoolmaster who keeps a small notebook of historical events but fails to record them. These events are deemed unimportant in the village until they come, like a flood.
The true symbols in the book are the rich and detailed characters. Each of them has something to tell us and none is superfluous. The bridge is interpreted as the symbol for the Ottoman Empire, that resist any changes, despite the ponderous events of the outside world. My goal is to just simply expose some of these works that have been a hidden treasure until now, to the outside world.
Suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Links to some of his works:.
Shaktilrajas Travnicka hronika: Ivo Andric: : Books He maintained the Turkish rule had created in all its Christian subjects certain characteristic traits, such as hypocrisy, obstinacy, distrust, laziness of mind and fear of any innovation, any action or movement. Truefaith rated it did not like it Nov 26, Amazon Second Chance Pass travnicja on, trade it in, give it a second life. The Bridge Still Stands. You can view this on the NLA website.
IVO ANDRIC TRAVNICKA HRONIKA PDF
Reply Andric was born in Bosnia, in the village of Dolac, near Travnik. He spent his youth in Bosnia part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the time and then went to study philosophy at the Universities of Zagreb, Vienna, and Cracow. His studies were cut short by the outbreak of the WWI. He was jailed for his anti-Austrian activities at the beginning.