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Bosnian Chronicle is the longest part of Ivo Andric's Bosnian trilogy includes The Bridge on the Drina and Miss. In The Bosnian Chronicle the 1961 Prize winner concerns himself more directly with the history of the Bosnian people and he begins his story in 1807 as Napoleon is expanding his empire eastward. Consulate is to be established in Travnik and in this half eastern, half desolate valley Jean Daville is to make straight the way for French ""inter"". He is at first understandably depressed by the complexity of his position. t the time Bosnia is under the jurisdiction of the Ottoman Empire but Russia and take a keen interest in the area for political, religious and commercial easons. It is a land of intrigue where authority is distant and feeble, the people re divided by their faiths and customs, and where physical survival is in itself a ind of triumph. Jean Daville, by no means an extraordinary man, but a child of his , spends seven years in Travnik contending with the perfidious Turks, the Christian , Austrian agents, supposed English spies and the debilitating physical and spiritual climate. In 1814 when Louis XVIII succeeds. Napoleon, Jean Daville and his family go home. And in Bosnia it is as if he were a ripple in the sea. The stories of very different kinds of men are found here, told with a philosophical detachment which lends Andric's work great authority though it may not always command our atention.

Pub Date: Oct. 21st, 1963
Publisher: Knopf