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Lanetli Avlu

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  6,344 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Lanetli Avlu, Balkan edebiyatında çığır açan Nobel ödüllü yazar İvo Andriç'in hapsedilme deneyimi ve iradenin sınırları üzerine çarpıcı anlatısı. Osmanlı İstanbul'undaki bir hapishanenin “lanetli avlusu”nda toplanan Müslüman, Yahudi, Hıristiyan mahkûmlar cezaevi avlusunun karamsaratmosferine kişiselle tarihseli birleştiren öyküleriyle direnmektedirler. Mahkûmlardan birinin ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published August 3rd 2019 by İletişim Yayıncılık (first published 1954)
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Vit Babenco
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is left after a man dies?
People engaged in computing the estate of a dead man who, only a couple of days ago, was as alive as they are now, have a peculiar look. They represent victorious life, which goes its own way and has its own necessities. But, victors of a pretty poor sort, their only merit consists in their having outlived the dead. They remind one of looters, but looters who are sure to go scot free and who know that the rightful owner can never return and catch them. Not that they
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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But let me come straight to the point. Bosnia is a wonderful country, fascinating, with nothing ordinary in the habitat or people. And just as there are mineral riches under the earth in Bosnia, so undoubtedly are Bosnians rich in hidden moral values, which are more rarely found in their compatriots in other Yugoslav lands. But, you see, there's one thing that the people of Bosnia, at least people of your kind, must realize and never lose sight of--Bosnia is a country of hatred and fear.

The deva
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this down, ended up reading it in one sitting. I loved the setting, the story within the story, the characters, I loved everything about it.
Valentina Markasović
I'm honestly angry at myself for not reading this sooner. I don't know why I avoided this book, because once I started, I finished by the end of the day (that may have also been because I really had to read it for school very quickly). Quite short, but still a fascinating read.
Bryan "goes on a bit too long"
This is the second work I've read of Andric, the first being one of his more prominent novels, The Bridge on the Drina. Both of these works are very similar, as the novel was a collection of stories centered on the community on the Drina river, and The Damned Yard a collection of stories which centered on Bosnia during the rule of the Ottoman Turks. One could say that the novel had more of a central theme to keep it together, though in essence, there seemed little that would have prevented Andri ...more
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Very surprised with this one,I have no words to describe all the feels I got from reading this amazing artwork.I loved the writing styles,all the characters,I had no issues connecting with the characters,Ivo did an amazing job here and the only problem to me was unsolved ''death'' of one of the characters.I wanted to know what really happened to him but..whatever.Maybe it's better not knowing.I can for sure say that this is the best school requested reads I've ever read. Recommend this book a lo ...more
Nov 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A parable of violence and paranoia, of individuals caught in history which they cannot escape from. It abounds in brilliant insights in human behavior and society, narration is calm and controlled, the characters are basically metaphors of storytelling itself.
Ivana de B.
The Damned Yard, or Prokleta Avlija originally is a short book by Ivo Andrić, the literature nobelist. I definitely wasn't very excited when i saw this book on my school reading list. I never quite liked the concept of Andrić and found his work dull.

Needless to say I was surprised when I really liked this short book. It was very gripping and filled with the most interesting stories of ordinary and nothing but ordinary people. I almost screamed when I stumbled upon one of my all time favorite top
Czarny Pies
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who have read the Bosnian Trilogy
Prokleta Avlija (the Damned Yard) will be a great source of pleasure to anyone who has read and enjoyed Ivo Andric's Bosnian Trilogy (comprised of the Bridge on the Drina, the Woman from Sarajevo and the Bosnian Chronicles). However, if one has not read at least the first volume (the Bridge on the Drina), Prokleta Avlija will be a confusing and highly disappointing work.

Prokleta Avlija is a collection of five tales in which Brother Peter an elderly Franciscan monk imparts his wisdom gained from
Gordan Karlic
I like how Andrićs writing style and honestly, that is maybe the only reason why this is grade 3 and not 2.
Let me compare it with The bridge on the river Drina, main plot there is a bridge and how time changes around it.
Here, the main plot is about prison and how time doesn't really change there.
One story has progression, others does not, try to connect.
Overall you can read this book very fast, Amdrić really does have some nasty flow, but you won't really be smarter for it (IMHO).
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May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would probably never have read this one if it hadn't been for the school but this was a great book. I really enjoyed the frame narrative.
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved it! Ivo Andrić is definitely writer I'll read more from.

The outer frame of Andrić's narrative, which is a system of concentric circles - the story of a story, is a scene of fra Peter's funeral. Snow covers the grave and this is what remains:

"the general whiteness which stretched as far as the eye could see merged imperceptibly
with the grey desert of the sky still full of snow."

Entering world of Devils Yard, we encounter people of all creeds, vocations and age. They are mad o
Piet Michael
This book was ok, nothing more. A couple of men, a clergyman, a Jew and a Turk of Greek heritage meet in prison and tell get to know their lives' stories. They're sad, and end up tragically: the Turk presumably passes away and the Jew gets a mental illness. However, that's it. The style is very conservative and fits well with the little boring plot. Similarly to "the Bridge over the Drina", where the bridge is the main character, in this book it is the prison. There's no real metaphoric masterpi ...more
John Farebrother
The powerful visual quality of this book always reminds me of the Balkan refugee crisis. It is a drama set in an Ottoman remand centre in Istanbul, where a Bosnian Catholic priest is detained for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But like everything in the Balkans, there is far more to it than that. In many respects it tells the tale of the history and power relations within the Balkans, which are as relevant today as is the 1990s refugee crisis. Above all, it is evocative of wartime B ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So great, so clever, so inspirating, so timeless!
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of the finest creations in the entire Ivo Andric rich literary work.
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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You need to be from the Balkans to understand this book. No English translation does this genial novel any justice.
Ashley Lindsay
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I! - potent word, which in the eyes of those before whom it is spoken determines our place, fatefully and immutable, often far beyond or behind what we know about ourselves, beyond our will and above our strength. A terrible word which, once spoken, links us and identifies us with all that we have imagined and said, with which we never dreamed of identifying ourselves, but with which we have in fact, in ourselves, long been one."
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection by the Nobel Prize-winner from Bosnia is formidable. A couple of the stories were, at least for me, close to impenetrable, but the majority were transporting. The title story -- the longest in the collection -- is a luminous, even visceral, celebration of the necessity of story-telling.
Omima Khaled
Two stars. One for the character of Djamil and the other for some of the nicely written quotes. That's all.
Daniel Polansky
In the waning days of the Ottoman empire, a falsely imprisoned Orthodox monk befriends a mentally ill Turkish aristocrat. Quick, lyrical, sad, a minor work by an acknowledged master.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This writing is superb.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is one of my favourite mandatory reads, I profoundly enjoyed
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent short novel! Very easy to read but to understand better and appreciate more of Andric's work in general it's good to have some knowledge of history in the Balkan area. Andric's literature is based on events of times and his books have either historical and social background. In this specific case he is focusing on historical events that took place during ottoman empire after the death of Mohamed and the "fight" of two brothers, his sons, for the power. While its sort size the book o ...more
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have this book in a Grove Press edition of 1962. It is quite short, but its topic is epic - a Balkan history epic - with the
"savage rhythum of a Bosnian folksong."
For a taste here is the novella's opening paragraph:

"It was winter. The snow had drifted all the way to the doors; it had divested all objects of their true form, imposing on them a single color and shape. Even the little graveyard had vanished under the limitless white;only the tallest crosses showed their tips above the snow. Here
Flávio Sousa
Part parable, part revolving door storytelling, this short fast paced book takes us to a prison playground managing to, in typical Andric fashion immerse you in the daily dealings of the prisoners and the overall mood of the yard itself.

The yard almost comes alive more than the characters themselves, and while this might seem like a predictable route, the truth is it's done masterfully through character interactions rather than just backstagging the characters and letting descriptors proliferate
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(I read it in Greek) It was small but the writing was extraordinary. I felt more drawn to the whole atmosphere rather to the actual story that was about a priest remembering what another dead priest narrated him of the time he was in prison (why?) about a co-prisoner in the biggest Constantinople jail who thought he was a dead Sultan (again, why?) and then simply disappeared one day.
Obviously there is an idea that this jail should represent our society and this half-crazy Kiamil prisoner should
Alison Christy
Nov 24, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually I only read The Vizier's Elephant and then a little of The Dammed Yard. I did enjoy The Vizier's Elephant, although this story and his novel The Bridge on the Drina have some startling similarities. Andric is fascinated by the way we tell stories - in contrast to what actually happens. It reminds me of John Barth and some of the more meta fiction writers. Frankly I don't know if I would have awarded him the Nobel prize, but he is nonetheless a good writer with some interesting themes.
A really short but beatiful novel unraveled mainly inside a prison in Istanbul with some sub-stories from other place, around a bosnian monk that was prisoned wrongfully. It is written in a way that a story is told inside another story inside a third story and really puts you into mood to read the book almost non-stop. Ivo Andrić creates a very realistic atmoshpere giving a picture of the violence and the human relations inside a (temporary) prison.

Bottomline: Very nice short story that will ho
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic book of translated short stories, I couldn't put it down during my flight home from Belgrade; I just re-read it during vacation. The common theme through the selection and topic of the stories is that of story-telling itself. The main story is 'The Damned Yard,' itself told as a story about story-telling. I've been thinking of how it could be adapted for the stage, might be my next project...
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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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