Bosnian Chronicle

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Arcade Publishing, 1993 - Fiction - 429 pages
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"Set in the town of Travnik, Bosnian Chronicle presents the struggle for supremacy in a region that stubbornly refuses to submit to any outsider. The era is Napoleonic and the novel, both in its historical scope and psychological subtlety, Tolstoyan. In its portrayal of conflict and fierce ethnic loyalties, the story is also eerily relevant. Ottoman viziers, French consuls, and Austrian plenipotentiaries are consumed by an endless game of diplomacy and double-dealing: expansive and courtly face-to-face, brooding and scheming behind closed doors. As they have for centuries, the Bosnians themselves observe and endure the machinations of greater powers that vie, futilely, to absorb them. Ivo Andric's masterwork is imbued with the richness and complexity of a region that has brought so much tragedy to our century and known so little peace."--Back cover.

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This novel, the first volume in Nobel Prize winner Andric's Bosnian trilogy, debuted in 1963. LJ 's reviewer heaped upon it high praise, finding it "rich with humanity and the humor that comes with ... Read full review

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Ivo Andric was born October 10, 1892, in Docu, Bosnia. He was raised in Bosnia, a region of violent political turmoil for centuries. As a young patriot, Andric became associated with political organizations, leading to his imprisonment for three years during World War I. He was also under virtual house arrest during World War II. While imprisoned Andric wrote his most creative material as he explored the agonies of Bosnia's oppression and exploitation. His World War I incarceration led to Ex Ponto, his collection of prison meditations and philosophy. His World War II house arrest provided Andric with the material and time to produce his most memorable novels, known as the Bosnian trilogy-Gospodjica (The Woman From Sarajevo), Travnicka hronicka (Bosnian Story or Chronicle), and Na Drini cuprija (The Bridge on the Drina). His devotion to truth and morality in times of despair and struggle is one of his strengths. His work has been translated into German, French, Russian, Spanish, and Italian. After the wars, Andric served as a Yugoslav diplomat, deputy, and representative from Bosnia. He was a member of the Federation of Writers of Yugoslavia. Andric was awarded the Prize for Life Work from the Yugoslav government in 1956, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961, and was bestowed an honorary doctorate from the University of Krakon in 1964. Andric died March 13, 1975, in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

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