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In the 16th century a stone bridge was built over the river Drina in the small town of Vishegrad in what is now Bosnia. It survived centuries of turmoil in the region before being destroyed in the First World War. In Nobel laureate Andric's novel the bridge bear silent witness to the region's troubled history. In a sequence of interconnected stories taken from different periods in the bridge's history , Andric builds up his narrative of the continuities and changes in the region, and of the fluctuating relationships between different ethnic and religious groups. The bridge endures the centuries, overshadowing the ephemeral lives of the town's people. It survives to connect or separate generations of Muslims, Christians and Jews engaged in daily toil and, often, bloody conflict. The Bridge on the Drina is both a remarkable work of historical fiction and a moving, understated plea for tolerance and understanding.
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"The wealth and variety of its fictional elements carry it so far beyond the confines of a straightforward novel, it cannot be limited to such a description. It puts one in mind of a collection of tales, but no collection of tales (not even A Thousand and One Nights or Washington Irving's stories) ever possessed such a unity and continuity of theme." -- George Perec * Le Monde * "The best kind of fictionalised history." * Daily Telegraph * "Andric possess the rare gift in a historical novelist of creating a period-piece, full of local colour, and at the same time characters who might have been living today." * Times Literary Supplement *
ISBN: 9781860460586 ISBN-10: 1860460585 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 320 Published: 5th April 1994 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 13.5
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1