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Bosnian Chronicle

(Bosnian Trilogy #2)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,756 ratings  ·  141 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 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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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 certai…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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Amalia Gkavea
“No one knows what it means to be born and to live on the brink, between two love and hate both, to hesitate and waver all one's life. To have two homelands and yet have none. To be everywhere at home and to remain forever a stranger. In short, to be torn on a rack, but as both victim and torturer at once.” ...more
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Ivana Books Are Magic
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This novel is set Travnik city and it takes place during Napoleonic era. Like most of Andric's works, it is set in turbulent historical times but then again history is always turbulent in the Balkans. History held a special attraction for this writer. I sometimes think it was the case because talking about history was ' politically safer' than talking about the present. Whatever has been behind his motivation to set his books in the past, Andric has certainly done well writing about the past. I ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Milena Aćimovac
This book is a first step in understanding Bosnia...
3.5 stars. An interesting historical fiction novel about the days of the French and Austrian Consuls in Travnik, Bosnia, during the period 1807 to 1814. The book’s main protagonist is Danville, the French Consul. He arrived in Travnik with his wife and three sons. 1807 was the time when the French army, led by Napoleon Bonaparte, was conquering Europe. Bosnia at this time was ruled by the Turks.

The reader learns about life in Bosnia. For example, Bosnians of that time were not interested in main
Erik Graff
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-literature
The author, who served as a Yugoslav diplomat under Tito, chronicles the history of Bosnia during the Napoleonic era. The entire narrative is set in the town of Travnik, where the author was born. The story is told from the perspective of two competing consuls, who represent France and Austria in this obscure outpost.

The underlying theme is that Bosnians are averse to any efforts by foreign powers to influence them. The French consul's deputy discovers archeological evidence of the presence of
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
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ivo Andrić is one of those writers who hasn't written a bad book or bad sentence. ...more
John Isles
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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
An intensely melancholic collection of finely drawn portraits passing through the Bosnian town of Travnik during the later half of Napoleons reign.
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apollo
I absolutely loved reading Bosnian Chronicle. The prose was magnificent; engaging, poetic at times and instilling images that will remain with me for some time. Ivo Andric was skilled in bringing out the desires, motives, inner turmoils, fears and elation of characters who inhabited a world set against the rivalry of empires and a vying for political and economic influence.
Matthew Hunter
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Shelves: 1001-books
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
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Basically a fictional slice of diplomatic life in Bosnia under the Turks during the Napoleonic period 1808-14, mostly from the perspective of the French Consul consigned to this backwater town of Travnik, with his sometimes rival the Austrian consul as a foil in his dealings with the Turkish vizier. The title in the original language is Travnik Chronicles, which is probably more appropriately less dramatic. Extensive character descriptions in this exotic locale, the Turkish administrative capita ...more
Dennis Fischman
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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... ...more
A very fine read and character study through the eyes of the different consular's in a very foreign land. ...more
Beth Eisenman
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
painfully slow.
Bojan Fürst
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating read for anybody interested in the history and politics of southeastern Europe.
Osman Mehmedovic
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Travnik Chronicle (I’ll refer to it by it’s original title, as it’s more fitting, considering the whole story takes place in Travnik), is the fourth of Andrić's books I’ve read, and I’ve now completed his Bosnia Trilogy. I’m a big fan of Andrić's work, loved the other two books in the trilogy immensely, but this one I only liked, as I found the repetition a bit tiring.

The story starts in 1807 with the arrival of the French consulate in the Ottoman Bosnian town of Travnik, shortly followed by a
Peter Allum
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1940s
The Bosnian Chronicle is set in the town of Travnik during 1806-1814. Daville, a French consul, is posted to this Ottoman outpost to represent the interests of the expanding Napoleonic empire and report back to France on Ottoman rule of Bosnia and other local politics. Daville’s arrival prompts Austria to open a competing consulate and much of the novel revolves around the rivalry between Daville, the Austrian consul, and the local Ottoman ruler (vizier).

Andric is a wonderfully descriptive writ
Azra Kanovic
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant novel of conquest and diplomatic intrigue set in Travnik, Bosnia covers seven years from 1807-1814, when French and Austrian consuls served alongside the Turkish viziers in this remote of the Ottoman Empire. Andrić intertwines masterfully a panoramic view of the most important events of the era driven by Napoleon's victories and eventual defeat touching the borders of Europe and beyond, and careful consideration of its impact on the administration of life in the distant city of Travn ...more
Mark Lisac
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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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)
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