Ivo Andric

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ANDRIC, Ivo (1892.) Yugoslav (Serbian) novelist and story-writer, who won the Nobel Prize in 1961. He was born in Bosnia, where the Ottoman influence strongly survived, and was an "Austro-Hungarian" until the creation of Yugoslavia. As a Yugoslav nationalist he was imprisoned by the Austrians; but later became a diplomat (ambassador to Berlin until 1940). All this left its mark on his compassionate, epic and rather pessimistic work. The Bridge on the Drina, his best known novel, traces the lives of the guardians of the Bridge from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, and the Bridge comes to symbolize man's effort to create meaning out of frightfulness.

Selected Books & Recommended Reading
The Journey of Alija Derzelez (1920)
The Days of the Consuls (1945)
The Damned Yard (1954)
The Bridge on the Drina (1959)
The Woman from Sarajevo (1965)
The Vizier's Elephant (1962)
Omer-Pasha Latas (posthumous 1977)

Ivo Andric, born 1892, was raised in a small village called Dolac. He spent most his formative years in his home country of Bosnia, which at that period was an annexe of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He attended the Universities of Zagreb, Vienna, and Cracow were he majored in philosophy. His education was badly affected by the Great War,  which led to his incarceration for his anti-Austrian activities

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