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The Bridge on the Drina

The Bridge on the Drina

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by Ivo Andric
     
 

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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 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. 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

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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 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. 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.

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. It is an intellectual and emotional adventure to encounter the Ottoman world through Andric's pages in its grandiose beginning and at its tottering finale. It is, in short, a marvelous work, a masterpiece, and very much sui generis. . . . Andric's sensitive portrait of social change in distant Bosnia has revelatory force." (William H. McNeill, from the introduction)

Born in Bosnia, Ivo Andric (1892-1975) was a distinguished diplomat and novelist. His books include The Damned Yard: And Other Stories, and The Days of the Consuls.

Editorial Reviews

John A. Mohan
The dreadful events occurring in Sarajevo over the past several months turn my mind to a remarkable historical novel from the land we used to call Yugoslavia, Ivo Andric's The Bridge on the Drina.
Des Moines Sunday Register
Alan Cheuse
"Read this novel to steep yourself in the complex history of the Central Balkans. Read it to be carried away to another time whose furious views and loyalties invade the news of ports every day. Long after peace is settled over Bosnia — may it come soon — the stories, the image of the bridge, will stay with you."
All Things Considered, National Public Radio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451017987
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1967
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

William H. McNeill is the Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and the College at the University of Chicago. In 2009 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal for his work as a teacher, scholar, and author. His many books include The Pursuit of Power, The Rise of the West, and Mythistory and Other Essays, all published by the University of Chicago Press. 

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