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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. McNeill, from the introduction Born in Bosnia, Ivo Andric was a distinguished diplomat and novelist. Other books in this series. The Bridge on the Drina Ivo Andric. Add to basket. Back cover copy 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 Review Text "The Bridge on the Drina" is a vivid depiction of the suffering history has imposed upon the people show more.
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The Bridge Over the Drina
The Bridge on the Drina
Access options available:. Central to the action is an object, the famous old bridge; or rather two objects: the bridge and the river, forever linked in time. In addition to their tangible existence, both bridge and river are endowed with a symbolic, archetypal significance. As a product of human toil that resulted in a perfect blend of utility and beauty, the first epitomizes the permanence of man's artistic endeavour, while the second, being a perennially renewed, infinitely variable force of nature, symbolizes the perpetuity of its great law of change. Cooper examines The Bridge on the Drina in terms of its structures. First, the view there are a lot of stories and the reader constantly expects "to obtain" further information illuminates a modernist sense of plot, which is open without coming to an end or conclusion at the end of the story as in a typical realist text.