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Bosnian Chronicle: A Novel

(Bosnian Trilogy #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,321 ratings  ·  90 reviews
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 Napoleonic and the novel, both in its historical scope and psychological subtlety, Tolstoyan. In its portrayal of conflict and fierce ethnic loyalties, the story is also eerily relevant. Ottoman viziers, French consuls,
Kindle Edition, 444 pages
Published January 20th 2015 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. (first published 1945)
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Ahmet Not sure if you're still wondering, but it may help someone else nonetheless:

Chronologically, ie. in their time of settings, the books are in a…more
Not sure if you're still wondering, but it may help someone else nonetheless:

Chronologically, ie. in their time of settings, the books are in a certain order. But stories don't seem to be related. Even their locations are all over Bosna; 3 different cities. I've only read Na Drini Cuprija so far, and was thinking to dive into this one, so you can say I'm following that order, and though this was unintentional, I'm happy that I am. Then again, I don't think you'd be lost if you didn't.(less)
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Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
(my 1,000th on here)

Even before starting the book I knew I was going to love it; the prose and descriptions, the setting, the characters, everything about it.

" Desfosses had stopped by an old plum tree that was gnarled and covered with thick green lichen. "Did it never occur to you," he said, "that one day when the Turkish Empire falls and abandons these parts, these people under the Turkish yoke, calling themselves different names and professing different faiths, will have to find some common
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a curious entry in the list of works by Ivo Andric, the Yugoslav novelist. Although set in Travnik, Andric's native town in what is now Bosnia, it is a novel in which Bosnians almost do not appear. The time frame is between 1807 and 1814, and the subject is the effect of the Napoleonic struggle on a minor Ottoman province that the French regime and the Austrian monarchy deem strategic enough for a few years and consequently establish consulates. So "The Bosnian Chronicle" is principally ...more
Erik Graff
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Andrić fans
Recommended to Erik by: A.M.
Shelves: literature
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.
Milena Aćimovac
This book is a first step in understanding Bosnia...
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leaving aside the internet discoverability-unfriendly fact that this book has been released under three different titles since its first appearance in 1945, this is an utterly majestic snapshot of Balkan history that provides a key to understanding the region - and Bosnia in particular - like only a local, Nobel Prize winning author can.

Andrić's touch is masterful. The action covers just 8 short years with the action in the small town of Travnik playing out against the distant echo of the Napole
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]I had previously heard of this book as Travnik Chronicle, which is the original Serbo-Croat title, but only worked out that they were the same novel as I was finishing it. It's the story of life in Andri's home town of Travnik as experienced by the Austrian and French consuls during the Napoleonic wars, told mainly from the viewpoint of the foreigners living in the town. I really liked it.[return][return]Travnik was the administrative capital ...more
John Isles
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bosnian author Ivo Andrić, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, set the first of his trio of Bosnian novels in his home town of Travnik when it was under Turkish occupation at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. The main protagonist is the French consul, but there is a kaleidoscope of other characters, Moslem, Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish - Turks, Slavs, Austrians, French - male and female, young and old, drunk and sober. The author sees deep into their hearts and their failings. This was a ...more
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still like The Bridge on the Drina more.

It contains all the elements that make The Bridge on the Drina a great read. With some additions: the Western perspective of the Orient and the historical relationship of the Great Powers at the time. However, I don't think it's good to read the two books back-to-back, drawing comparisons is inevitable.

To be fair, the book shines a light on its own, but if you only have time for one book by Ivo Andrić, I would recommend the other one.
Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intensely melancholic collection of finely drawn portraits passing through the Bosnian town of Travnik during the later half of Napoleons reign.
Matthew Hunter
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthew by: Tea Jovanović
Honestly, the first two installments of Ivo Andric's Bosnian Trilogy are among my top 10 favorite reads. They're so darned good! Long, but good.

Andric sets Bosnian Chronicle in his home town of Travnik in northern Bosnia during the time of Napoleon. The main characters are Consuls from France and Austria, and Turkish Viziers. Other than the prologue and epilogue, Andric tells the story from the points-of-view of the representatives of western European powers. Through the eyes of these temporary
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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To my mind Ivo Andric is one of the greatest novelists, on par with Tolstoy or Dickens, but sadly unrecognised. His obscurity is no doubt due to him being Bosnian - I had to import my copy from Germany and its not available on the kindle.
The `Bosnian Chronicle' is set in the Napoleonic age and describes the stationing of the French and Austrian Consuls in the small town of Travnik. It's in the fag-end of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul is beset by coups and Bosnian Viziers are regularly replaced. T
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dennis Fischman
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
A very fine read and character study through the eyes of the different consular's in a very foreign land.
Bojan Fürst
Fascinating read for anybody interested in the history and politics of southeastern Europe.
Osman Mehmedovic
Ivo Andric, Bosnian chronicle (Quote about nostalgia, free translation)
More than three hundred years ago, brought us from our homeland, a unique Andalusia, a terrible, foolish, fratricidal whirlwind, which we can not understand even today, and who has not understood it to this day, scattered us all over the world and made us beggars to which gold does not help. Now, threw us on the East, and life on the East is not easy for us or blessed, and the as much man goes further and gets closer to the s
Mark Lisac
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Actually 4.5 stars, falling short of 5 only because the writing seemed a little weak or formulaic in spots (E.g., many characters are introduced by name, followed by physical and often by psychological description, followed by brief biography).
The novel is about Bosnians and the market/government town of Travnik from 1806 to 1814, although the central character is a French consul who arrives during the Napoleonic expansion. But the book builds up layered depths of description and meaning, includ
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note: I am intentionally vague in this review so as not to spoil the initial surprise of what this book details. I encourage anyone who is interested in reading it to do so without reading the book's jacket or summaries here.

Andric intimately explores a world off-limits to most of the world, but screamingly accurate to those of us familiar with the world of diplomacy. Once a diplomat himself, Andric manages to expose the experience of living in an isolated administrative town from a multifacete
Ronald Watson
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bosnian Chronicle

I really enjoyed this book, despite its over-riding tone of depression and misery. It is set in Napoleonic times (much the same years covered by the Aubrey/Maturin series that I am also enjoying immensely.)

The setting is a small town in Bosnia and the main protagonists are the French and Austrian Consuls who are there to further the interests of their home countries in a rather hostile environment. The local people are split amongst four religious groups all mutually hostile (Mu
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic! Definitely one of the best books I've ever read.

The depth and humanity of its myriad of characters, ably woven with historical events only enforces the idea that Andrić was a great choice for the Nobel prize.

Definitely a book able to describe how in general life went under Ottoman rule. It wasn't terribly different in other parts of the empire.
The eternal East meets West paradigm which is so explored in Eastern European literature finds its way here as well, but with such c
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A truly great book - don't be put off by the title or length. An important book, evocative, enlightening and brilliant. One of the most beautifully written books I have ever read and the translation is exceptional.

Ivo Andric writes about the human condition with rare insight and delicacy. The descriptive passages are poetic but never mawkish. In a world full of hatred, intolerance and prejudice, this book has a contemporary relevance that is surprising. This book reminded me of Dickens at times
Patrick Al-de Lange
Set in the early 1800's, in Travnik, Bosnia, this book uses narrative exposition and so it starts off with a lot of background concerning a revolving cast of characters, the only constant in all this being the French consul. This lessens nearing the halfway mark after which it hardly ever expands on Bosnian life anymore, but starts to focus almost solely on the consuls, primarily the French, and Napoleon's exploits in the background.

The entire story is told from the third person perspective. Thi
Bruno Kos
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surely a "chronicle" and not the book for everyone's taste. You will not find a dramatic plot inside (I didn't, at least), but there's something that keeps pushing you again and again to read the next page.
Ognjen Banovich
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andric in his style shows the life of consuls in Bosnia. It's worth to read this.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely phenomenal.
Beth Eisenman
painfully slow.
Joey Anderson
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm behind in my reviews, but this is a great novel.
Duško Unchained
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although, in general, I consider Ivo Andrić's style too pesimistic for me, I must admit that this book is very interesting and captivating.
It puts you in the middle of Bosnia, part of the Otoman empire, in the town of Travnik, in the begining of XIX century. You feel like a closest, invisible friend to French and Austrohungarian consuls and often changingTurkish viziers, in the middle of all the happenings and Europe's movements and their indirect influences on a small, odd town in Bosnia. Like
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Ivan "Ivo" Andrić (Cyrillic: Иво Андрић) was a Yugoslav and Bosnian novelist, short story writer and Nobel prizewinner. His writings deal mainly with life in his native Bosnia under the Ottoman Empire. His house in Travnik is now a Museum. His Belgrade flat on Andrićev Venac hosts the Museum of Ivo Andrić and the Ivo Andrić Foundation.

After the Second World War, he spent most of his time in his Be

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Bosnian Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Bridge on the Drina
  • Gospođica
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“Obojica su se slagali da je zivot u Bosni neobicno tezak i narod svih vera bedan i zaostao u svakom pogledu. Trazeci razloge i objasnjenja tome stanju, fratar je sve svodio na tursku vladavinu i tvrdio da nikakvog boljitka ne moze da bude dok se ove zemlje ne oslobode turske sile i dok tursku vlast ne zameni hriscanska. Defose nije hteo da se zadovolji tim tumacenjem, nego je trazio razloge i u hriscanima samima. Turska vladavina stvorila je, tvrdio je on, kod svojih hriscanskih podanika izvesne karakteristicne osobine, kao pritvorstvo, upornost, nepoverenje, lenost misli i strah od svake novine i svakog rada i pokreta. Te osobine, nastale u stolecima nejednake borbe i stalne odbrane, presle su u prirodu ovdasnjeg coveka i postale trajne crte njegovog karaktera. Nastale od nuzde i pod pritiskom, one su danas, i bice i ubuduce, velika prepreka napretku, rdjavo nasledje teske proslosti i krupne mane koje bi trebalo iskoreniti.” 2 likes
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