Bosnian Chronicle: A Novel

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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 ...
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Overview


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.
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“Once again, the story he is telling casts light on the dark path up which life so often throws us.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Rich with humanity and the humor that comes with wisdom.” —Library Journal

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  • ISBN-13: 9781628724189
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/20/2015
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 444
  • Sales rank: 1,122,191
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Ivo Andric was born in Travnik in 1892 and as a student was imprisoned for his part in fighting for Bosnian independence from the Austrian Empire. Placed under house arrest during the Nazi occupation of the former Yugoslavia, he devoted himself to writing the Bosnian trilogy, of which Bosnian Chronicle is the first volume. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961.
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    Posted February 24, 2015

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    Posted February 22, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2000

    a superb novel set in 1806-12 Bosnia

    This is a superb book by one of the 20th century's greatest novelists. The setting is rich with the troubles of Europe and especially the tensions at the junction of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires, but it is the characters of the novel that make it so memorable, from the French consul, set with his family in this hostile outpost, all through the portraits small and large of the diverse people and populations: Muslim, Orthodox, Catholic, Jew. It's truly a remarkable book. (Note, by the way, that this is the same book that was published in another translation as The Year of the Consuls.)

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