Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

What is the main theme in Ivo Andri’s novel Bosnian Chronicle? How does Andri treat the conflict of foreign powers over Bosnia? Who seems to be victorious in that conflict?

What is Andri’s view of religion as presented in Bosnian Chronicle?

What are the symbolic meanings that can be perceived in Andri’s works?

What are Andri’s views on history as extrapolated from his works?

What do Bosnian Chronicle and The Bridge on the Drina have in common?

Does Andri view the Bosnians’ quest for independence as viable?


(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Goy, E. D. “The Work of Ivo Andri.” The Slavonic and East European Review 41 (1963): 301-326. A useful overview and introduction to Andri’s writing.

Hawkesworth, Celia. “Ivo Andri as Red Rag and Political Football.” Slavonic and East European Review 80, no. 2 (April, 2002): 201. Hawkesworth, who has written extensively on Serbo-Croatian literature and translated Andri’s books, profiles the author, discussing the content and interpretation of his works and his educational and career background. Also addresses Bosnian nationals’ criticisms of his fiction for its portrayal of Muslim characters.

Hawkesworth, Celia. Ivo Andri: Bridge Between East and West. London: Atholone Press, 1984. Provides a comprehensive introduction to Andri’s work, including verse, short stories, novels, essays, and other prose. Includes notes on the pronunciation of Serbo-Croatian names and a bibliography.

Jurii, elimir B. The Man and the Artist: Essays on Ivo Andri. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1986. The first book on Andri written in English offers an insightful analysis into his personal life, describing how his fiction reflects his experiences as a young man.

Kadi, Ante. Contemporary Serbian Literature. The Hague, the Netherlands: Mouton, 1964. See the discussion of...

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