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A bridge to the history of the Balkans,
This review is from: The Bridge Over The Drina (Paperback)
The titular bridge was built in the now-Bosnian town of Visegrad by the Ottomans in the 16th century. A crucial connecting point in the empire, and a feat of engineering, it stands unflinching against time and bears witness to the gentle unfolding of both the familiar and the exceptional stories that make up lives and legend.
Andric captures characters superbly. In a few sentences he allows us to implicitly understand motivations and emotions that resound with truth. There are moments of polished and learned insight in his observation and description throughout the novel.
Generations, nations and religions meet on the bridge. There is no protagonist, no overarching story. We experience pieces of many lives, and by the final pages you feel as if you know the town, the history of the place and particularly the bridge personally. The stone arches and kapia somehow feel nostalgically close to you.
I'm going to have to go and walk along this bridge.