At a glance:
- Author: Ivo Andrić
- First Published: 1945
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Historical realism
- Setting: Viegrad, Bosnia
- Characters: Mehmed Pasha Sokolli, Abidaga, Alihodja MuteveliĆ, Lotte Zahler, Salko Corkan
- Genres: Long fiction, Historical fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Symbolism, World War I, Sixteenth century, Eastern Europe or eastern Europeans, Bridges, Austro-Hungarian Empire
- Locales: Europe, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The “blood tribute” is a most cruel practice of the Turkish rulers during the several hundred years of their occupation of the Balkans. It means taking young boys away from their parents and rearing them as the sultan’s obedient servants, called janissaries. One of the boys, taken from a Serbian village called Sokolovici in Bosnia in 1516 when he is only ten years old, will later become Mehmed Pasha Sokolli and rise to the office of the grand vizier, the highest position a non-Turk can reach in the Ottoman Empire. In memory of his childhood, he decides to build...
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