By Ivo Andric

ISBN-10: 0226020452

ISBN-13: 9780226020457

The Bridge at the Drina is a brilliant depiction of the pain historical past has imposed upon the folk of Bosnia from the overdue sixteenth century to the start of worldwide warfare I. As we search to make feel of the present nightmare during this quarter, this amazing, well timed ebook serves as a competent advisor to its humans and history.

"No greater creation to the examine of Balkan and Ottoman heritage exists, nor do i do know of any paintings of fiction that extra persuasively introduces the reader to a civilization except our personal. it really is an highbrow and emotional experience to come across the Ottoman international via Andric's pages in its grandiose starting and at its tottering finale. it's, briefly, a fabulous paintings, a masterpiece, and intensely a lot sui generis. . . . Andric's delicate portrait of social switch in far-off Bosnia has revelatory force."—William H. McNeill, from the introduction

"The dreadful occasions happening in Sarajevo during the last a number of months flip my brain to a striking old novel from the land we used to name Yugoslavia, Ivo Andric's The Bridge at the Drina."—John M. Mohan, Des Moines Sunday Register

Born in Bosnia, Ivo Andric (1892-1975) used to be a uncommon diplomat and novelist. He used to be presented the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. His books comprise The Damned backyard: And different tales, and the times of the Consuls.

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BAAL You don't understand my soul. EKART Why don't we go lie in the water? BAAL My soul, brother, is the groaning of the wheat fields when they toss in the wind, and the gleam in the eyes of two insects that want to devour each other. EKART A July-crazed boy, with immortal guts-that's what you are. A dumpling that will some day leave grease spots on the sky! BAAL That's a lot of words. But it doesn't matter. EKART My body is as light as a tiny plum in the wind. BAAL The pale summer sky does that, brother.

Better to love than to enjoy. JOHANNES I can see how you win men's hearts, but how can you get anywhere with women? ( Emilie enters quickly) BAAL There she comes. Hello, Emilie. Johannes has brought his fiancee. Sit down! EMILIE How can you ask me to come to such a dive? -lt's j ust like you. BAAL Luise! A schnapps for the lady! EMILIE A re you trying to make me look ridiculous? BAAL No. Why shouldn't you have a drink ? It's only human. EMILIE But you're not human. BAAL How do you know? ( He holds out his glass to Luise) Not too stingy, young lady.

Teddy's schnapps, to celebrate Teddy's funeral! Fittin g and proper! Has anybody made a speech for Teddy yet! Wouldn't that be the right thing? BAAL I did. SEVERAL WOODCUTTERS BAAL J ust When ? now. Before you started talking big. It began with: Teddy has his rest . . You never notice anything until it's all over. -Let's get the sch napps! It's disgraceful. -And why, great Elephan t? It's Teddy's property . We've no right to break into that keg. Teddy has a wife and five poor orphans. A WOODCUTTER Four.

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