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A great stone bridge built three centuries ago in the heart of the Balkans by a Grand Vezir of the Ottoman Empire dominates the setting of Ivo Andric’s novel. A vivid depiction of the suffering history has imposed upon the people of Bosnia from the late sixteenth century to the beginning of World War I, ‘The Bridge on the Drina’ earned Andric the Nobel Prize for Literature in Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The Bridge on the Drina is 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. 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.

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. McNeill, from the introduction “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 Brige, Ivo Andric’s The Bridge on the Drina. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in His books andtic The Damned Yard: Read more Read less.

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Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention bridge on the drina nobel prize ivo andric read this book ottoman empire world war years ago beautifully written austro-hungarian empire former yugoslavia bosnia and serbia around the bridge prize for literature tells the story highly recommend hundred years subject matter balkan history prize winner historical fiction.

Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I am new to this author and to the area of the World it describes. Andric skillfully spans three centuries of the bridge and its effect on the area and its peoples. A full plate indeed. All this interplay is masterfully crafted through a variety of individual and community stories. I read it in two sessions having to pause to reflect and consider so many issues that are raised.


I have already recommended this to four friends. I wonder what I miss in translation, but I am glad to have read it. Double glad that read a book from apart of the world with which I was unfamiliar.

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Though from a time past I found many issues germane to our current time. Do yourself a favor and read it. I started reading “The Bridge on the Drina” This is a novel I would highly, highly recommend. I started reading “The Bridge on the Drina” almost on a whim, and from the first pages I was captivated.

He sweeps the reader through four hundred years of rich, tumultuous history, infusing his book with every human emotion along the way. People often speak of “the soul of a nation”. Somehow, his story is both as broad as a nation and as quiet and simple as that nation’s most unassuming inhabitants.

It is as luxuriously metaphoric as it is stark and realistic. Its flavor is uniquely Serbian; its words are universal. Reading this book is like living; there is no emotion, no experience which it does not contain.

The Bridge on the Drina

Ivo Andric’s stately architectonic prose spans the five-century history of Visegrad, in Bosnia, as imperturbably as the Ottoman stone bridge that centered the economic, political, and social life of the town.

Life in Visegrad, with its uneasy blend of Muslims, Christians and Jews, flows under the bridge as steadily as time, now a turbid torrent now a turgid trickle but like Time itself always toward the sea of forgetfulness.

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.

They entered there into the unconscious philosophy of the town; that life was an incomprehensible marvel, since it was incessantly wasted and spent, yet none the less it endured ‘like the bridge on the Drina’.

The bridge itself would be mined and demolished in the War. 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. What’s remarkably fine about this measured history is Andric’s ability to share insights into the mentalities of all parties, Muslims and Jews as respectfully as Christian, rich and poor, successes and failures, those who adapt and those who don’t.

Like the bridge that resounds to the footsteps of all with equanimity and carries all traffic licit or illicit impartially, Andric depicts the virtuous and the wicked with open affection for their humanity.

A barely-fictionalized biography of a stone bridge, pages of small print, thhe sound like a challenge to any reader’s attention span, but Andric makes it both emotionally affecting and historically enlightening. No other book, I think, can evoke the distinct realities of Balkan history, or elucidate the psychology of the oon calamities as vividly as this one.

For once, I urge readers not to skip the introduction by William McNeill, which outlines Bosnian history with helpful brevity.

I wonder also at the authority of this translation by Lovett Edwards. It reads gracefully enough in English, but there are loopholes in it, as noted by some earlier reviewers. The biggest loophole is the identification of the Muslims of Visegrad as “Turks”.

Ethnic Turks they certainly were not. Rather they were the descendants of Slavic converts to Islam, chiefly from among the heretic Bogomil Christians. Since I can’t read Serbo-Croatian, I’m uncertain whether Andric intended us to accept that the converts identified themselves as Turks or whether the translator simply brushed the issue aside.


It is an important distinction, made important by the violence of ethnic and religious “cleansing” in the Bosnia of the 21st Century. Chiefly it’s the author’s love of the place and the people – stone and water, permanence and transience – that make “The Bridge on the Drina” a beautiful reading experience. 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.

It should be noted that the translation is superb, as reading it in the original Serbo-Croatian is a challenge even for the most gifted linguists of the languages of that marvelous mileu that has now become seven separate countries.

When anyone interested in the Foreign Service asks me for good reads, this is always on it, even though Andric’s description of impaling prisoners alive is something that can come back to haunt you in the middle of the night.

While Andric’s large body of literature is clearly deserving of reading, this clearly was the epic work that most deservedly won him the Nobel Prize. Historical narrative or fiction? The author quotes imagined conversations of people lost to history or created by the author as typical personalities and characters, so I guess this qualifies as fiction, and it is certainly written and translated in a approachable style.

However, it is also firmly grounded in the history of the many personalities and peoples who have traveled through, settled in and contended over this corner of Europe — Bosnians, Croats, Serbs, Jews, Greeks, Turks, Austrians, Italians, Germans, Roma, Hungarians, Bulgarians, et al, unfortunately stopping shortly after the outbreak of World War One, leaving the reader begging for more than these pages divided into 24 relatively short chapters.

But then, perhaps the detailed description of impalement in the early pages is sufficiently graphic without moving the reader through the brutalities that occurred during World War Two, when this book was written. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. The Bridge on the Drina Phoenix Fiction.

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