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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A Life in Prague, But none the less it would be hard to say with certainty that this opinion is correct. The story spans about four centuries and covers the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian occupations of the region, with a particular emphasis on the lives, destinies and relations of the local inhabitants, especially Serbs and Bosnian Muslims Bosniaks.

Literary scholar Guido Snel believes that such a stylistic interpretation neglects the novel’s dialogic properties and its ability to act as a back-and-forth between the narrator and reader, drawing a connection between the past described in the novel and the reader’s present. The novel’s first pages deal with the bridge’s construction and the remaining revolve around the Austro-Hungarian period.

The significance of the middle portion of the bridge also becomes undermined, as residents of different ethnicities become suspicious and wary of one another. Good articles Articles containing Serbo-Croatian-language text Articles containing Serbian-language text.

Review: The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andrić

The Bridge over the Drina. Bridge Between East and West. Balkan Community Building and the Fear of Freedom. Though Ivo Andric depicts the exploitation and tyranny of the Ottomans, then the crass invasive bureaucracy of the Austrians, with caustic realism, it’s plain that he pines for the old days and old ways, that his vision of history is utterly conservative and nostalgic.

Incidents of passion, violence, cruelty, and comedy occur and recur on the ‘kapia’ – the broad center of the bridge – leaving their imprint in folk songs and lurking fears.

Indeed on the bridge over the Drina were the first steps of childhood and the first games of boyhood. Every important moment in the lives of the local residents comes to revolve around the bridge, bfidge Christian children crossing it to be baptized on the opposite bank, and children of all religions playing around it. The bridge is wider across bridbe middle portion, known as the gate or kapijaand this section becomes a popular meeting place.


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They did not even squabble about this, so convinced were both sides in their own belief. They bring home new social and cultural ideas from abroad, among them the concepts of trade unions and socialismwhile newly established newspapers acquaint the town’s inhabitants with nationalism. There too the elders of the town often sat to discuss public matters ivi common troubles, but even more often young men who only knew how to sing and joke.

That is the thin white stream which, at certain times of year, flows from that faultless masonry and leaves an indelible mark of the stone. Bosnia and Herzegovina portal Serbia portal Literature portal.

However, at the time of writing, the country did not enjoy the reputation of an inter-civilizational mediator, which was fostered by Tito only after his split with Stalin in Bosnian Novelist and Short-Story Writer”.

So be it, thought the hodja. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. 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 qndric. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

The Bridge on the Drina, Andríc, McNeill, Edwards

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. On teh bridge and its kapia, about it or in connection with it, flowed and developed, as we shall see, the life of the townsmen. The bridge replaces the unreliable ferry transport that was once the only means of traversing the river and comes to represent an important link between the Bosnia Eyalet and the rest of the Ottoman Empire.

Muslim Slavs depicted in the novel, he asserts, fall under three types: The Balkan native decides to use his position to build a stone bridge designed by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan to commemorate the land he came from and to glorify God. Archived from the original PDF on In the introduction to his English-language translation, Edwards also declined to classify it as a novel, for “its scope is too vast, its characters too numerous, its period of action too long.


The Turks in the town, on the other hand, have long told that on that spot a certain dervish, by name Sheik Turhanija, died as a martyr to the faith. The Bridge on the Drina Ivo Andric. The children who fished for tiddlers all day in the summer along these stony banks knew that these were hoofprints of ancient days and long dead warriors. Rather they were the descendants of Slavic converts to Islam, chiefly from among the heretic Bogomil Christians.

Double glad that read a book from apart of the world with which I was unfamiliar. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Marshal to the Sultan. As a diplomat in former Yugoslavia and its present-day remnants, to read and 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.

The static nature of the centuries of Ottoman rule is then highlighted by the changes which take place during the nineteenth century and increase in speed and scope with Austrian annexation of Bosnia and Hercegovina at the end of that century. The Bridge on the Drina Serbo-Croatian: Retrieved from ” https: The Road to Sarajevo.

In place of these there is the bridge, whose birth we attend, whose stability we come to count on. Thus the bridge, uniting the two parts of the Sarajevo road, linked the town with its surrounding villages.

He sweeps the reader through four hundred years of rich, tumultuous history, infusing his book with every human emotion along the way.