16th out of 126 books — 69 voters
Set in the town of Travnik, Bosnian Chronicle 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, an...more
Paperback, 437 pages
Published September 7th 1993 by Arcade Publishing (NY)
(first published 1945)
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I think that better translation of the title would be Travnik Chronicle. That is the title in the original language anyway. I assume that the translator thought that Bosnian Chronicle sounds more familiar to the average reader then Travnik chronicle. He was probably eight, as Travnik, although beautiful, is not that well known city. However, the book is set in Travnik. The characters all, either permanently or not, live in Travnik or immediate vicinity. On the other hand, perhaps it could be sai...more
This is a nineteenth-century novel in style, written in the twentieth century, about a place that's become very important to twenty-first century politics. A new French consul arrives, representing the government of Napoleon. His arrival and that of the Austrian consul shortly after ward stir up the community of Travnik, Bosnia, and we see how the Muslims, Jews, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians, the doctors and peasants and confidence men all react. Along the way, we meet a curious collection...more
Another of the Andric trilogy, aka Days of the Consuls. Perhaps my favorite of the three books, this is set in the early 1800s when the French and Habsburg Empire were vying for influence in Bosnia at a time of Ottoman weakness. Set in the town of Travnik - once the main town of Bosnia, to be supplanted by Sarajevo in the late 1800s - the story follows the consul sent by the French and how they adjusted to living there. Set amidst tremendous changes in France and the Ottoman Empire, each consul...more
Set in Bosnian during the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century, this novel begins with the opening of a French consulate in a small Bosnian town. It is quickly followed by an Austrian consulate. Soon, the story shifts to intrigue among French, Austrians, Russians, and Ottomans. The book is well-written, and captures the essence of the time period and place. I just wish the author had spent more time on the Bosnian characters. They got somewhat lost in the story.
After reading the Bridge on the Drina I decided to get to Bosnian Chrnocile and as I loved the first one I had very high expectations on this book, but It's true it gets slow from time to time moslty in the middle, but I liked the storyvery much, I guess Andric takes it's time to describe a lot most of the characters that maybe you won't remember a few pages later but I guess that's his style. It's a good picture of a Bosnian town In Napoleon times and the consul Generals of France and Austria....more
Nov 30, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Andrić fans
Recommended to Erik by: A.M.
I read this novel after reading Andrić's The Bridge on the Drina, both of which had been recommended by a Bosnian friend. While The Bridge on the Drina is epic, covering four centuries of history, Bosnian Chronicle covers only four years in the early nineteenth century. Both, however, are limited in geographical scope and the chronicle may be profitably read after The Bridge as if it were another, much longer tale of the many short ones presented therein.
correction: the novel is not Tolstoyan but Andrichian! Andrić has a unique, poetic style and (I sense) a different view of history than Tolstoy- although sadly I didn't read War and Peace,where famously Tolstoy explains and elaborates his views on history...
Ivan "Ivo" Andrić (Cyrillic: Иво Андрић) was a Yugoslav novelist, short story writer, and the 1961 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His writings dealt mainly with life in his native Bosnia under the Ottoman Empire. His native house in Travnik has been transformed into a Museum, and his Belgrade flat on Andrićev Venac host the Museum of Ivo Andrić, and Ivo Andrić Foundation. After the war,...moreMore about Ivo Andrić...