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Title:The Bridge on the Drina
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Publisher:University of Chicago Press
ISBN:0226020452
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Number of Pages:314
Category:Literature, Historical

The Bridge on the Drina by Ivo Andrić, Lovett F. Edwards, William Hardy McNeill

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Bridge on the Drina In the small Bosnian town of Visegrad the stone bridge of the novel s title built in the sixteenth century on the instruction of a grand vezir bears witness to three centuries of conflict Visegrad has long been a bone of contention between the Ottoman and Austro Hungarian Empires but the bridge survives unscathed until when the collision of forces in the Balkans triggers the outbreak of World War I .

The bridge spans generations nationalities and creeds silent testament to the lives played out on it Radisav a workman tries to hinder its construction and is impaled alive on its highest point beautiful Fata leaps from its parapet to escape an arranged marriage Milan inveterate gamble risks all in one last game on it With humour and compassion Andric chronicles the lives of Catholics Muslims and Orthodox Christians unable to reconcile their disparate loyalties

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From the Sea Riots Lyrics br Andri s st published works were poems and he continued to write verse intermittenly all his life altho much of it was unpublished until his death br His st poems appeared in the context of the Young Bosnia movement The writing of its members is in marked contrast to their robust active personalities The poems Andri published before WWI are virtually indistinguishable in tone from much of what his contemporaries were writing Nevertheless it s probably true to say that in his case the role of the political activist however sincerely he played it at the time was fundamentally unsuited to him By contrast however the prevailing melancholy seemed to match his temperamental reponse to the world br These early poems point in no particular direction beyond establishing the free verse form of virtually all of Andri s poetry and a tendency to a mournful self pity which sometimes threatens his personal statements br The prose poems written during the War represent a personal conffesion amp cannot be considered merely the reflection of a literary vogue Ex Ponto refers to Ovid s account of his Black Sea exile was published in Unrest in when Ex Ponto was already reprinted Thereafter Andri refused to allow them to be included in any of his collections of his works published before his death He rejected them because they seemed to him too intimate But they re important since they contain ideas amp themes which recur in his later works br The strong emotional colouring was toned down in Andri s later prose poems amp verse but their form a combination of aphoristic statements amp longer reflective passages continued to appeal to him Ex Ponto amp Unrest record his emotional reaction to the circumstances of his early life amp the development of a number of themes around the central paradox of his personality amp work, Set in the town of Travnik i Bosnian Chronicle i presents the struggle for supremacy in a region that stubbornly refuses to submit to any outsider The era is Napoleanic and the novel both in its historical scope and psychological subtley Tolstoyan In its portray 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, Gospo ica The Woman from Sarajevo by Andri was originally published in and is one of the three novels that make up the Bosnian Trilogy The other two are Bosnian Chronicle and The Bridge on the Drina br br The novel is set in the cities of Sarajevo and Belgrade during the first three decades of this century The places and time are not incidentally chosen Ivo Andri is from Bosnia and knows the people and their problems in this unique area The theme and composition suggest a work of modern classicism It is the tragic life of a woman disappointed in people and in the world she lives in She is completely enslaved by money in which she hopes to find security and revenge in a hateful and insecure world At the same time she is literally and feverishly following her bankrupt father s last plea as she becomes not only thrifty but a real miser in a classical Gogolian style br br This novel is dominated by a single character a spinster named Miss Raika Radakovi who is dominated by a single passion stinginess The development of this passion is traced through the first third of this century from the time Miss Raika s dying father a ruined merchant solemnly enjoins his school girl daughter to guard with her life the little property he can leave her until some thirty five years later when she herself dies a scrawny old woman unloved and unlovable but faithful to her trust As a moneylender she parlays small insurance legacy after her father into a small fortune But whatever her wealth at any time she will spend none of it on herself For this single minded greed for money she puts everything else out of her life love friendship concern for other people br br Raika also speculates in currencies during the tumultuous years of the Austro Hungarian Empire and the uncertain emergence of the new Yugoslav state A good deal of the power of Andri s tale comes through the depiction of this seething historical background in whose torrent the wretched Raika s life is washed along like a piece of flotsam br br The novel is carefully thought out and fully imagined with solid passages of description in the nineteenth century manner and scrupulous attentions to the job of relating the individual life to the broader pattern of social and economical change With brilliant economy Andri sketches the stages through which Miss Raika hoards and increases her inheritance Sarajevo in the era of provincial usury the economic upheavals and disintegration of the First World War staid Belgrade headily embarking on the jazz age when the war is over the pinched depression years during which Miss Raika dies The requisite drama the testing of the ruling passion is present in the form of a young man whose physical resemblance to a beloved uncle long dead touches Miss Raika s heart enough to make her swerve though only momentarily from her objective of never parting with her money br br The chronicle is Andri s favorite form and this novel is no exception a highly poetic form depicting the past and the present in a meticulous artistic and philosophical manner Detailed historical analysis serves as a chain and always gives a basis for philosophical interpretation, Signs Along the Road The collection of these notes entitled Znakovi pored puta Signs by the roadside as well as Sveske Notebooks published after Andri s death can be best described as the writer s intellectual diaries As may be imagined of a man who recoiled so consistently from any exposure of his private life and thoughts Andri was equally consistent in his dislike of the diary as a genre seeing it as a misguided search for permanence br br Ova knjige mudrosti vrsta intimnih dnevnika koje je Andri pisao celog ivota smatraju se jedinstvenim u naoj knjievnosti i stoga jer je pisac u njima prvi put nedvosmisleno progovorio o sebi br Dnevnicki u Andricevim Znakovima pored puta jeste kratki tekst koji se moze napisati u toku jednog dana u kome pisac ispusuje trenutno raspolozenje vidjenje neke pojave licnosti utisak sa puta ili misao koja ga preokupira Godinama belezene i bez odredjenog reda pisane takve zapise pisac sabira u knjigu koja postaje ogledalo njegove duse a ne dnevnik Princip organizacije tekstova u knjizi nije tok vremena kao sto je u klasicnom dnevniku vec spontani rad duse koja zivo i osetljivo reaguje na svakodnevne posticaje i preradjuje ih u meditacije i vizije u snimke predela i ljudi Spontanost i neobaveznost glavna su odlika takvog viseg duhovnog dnevnika kakvi su Znakovi pored puta Tekst u njima raste i razvija se kao organsko tkivo jedan fragment naslanja se na drugi a ovaj na sledeci i tako do u nedogled Ta ogranicenost i spontano stapanje manjih tekstova u vece celine delo jedna je od glavnih odlika Andricevog radnog postupka