Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Bosnian Chronicle: A Novel Paperback – September 7, 1993


See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$11.02
Paperback, September 7, 1993
$38.93 $0.74
Best%20Books%20of%202014
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; 1st Arcade paperback ed edition (September 7, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559702362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559702362
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

This novel, the first volume in Nobel Prize winner Andric's Bosnian trilogy, debuted in 1963. LJ 's reviewer heaped upon it high praise, finding it "rich with humanity and the humor that comes with wisdom" ( LJ 11/1/63). The plot explores the lives of the inhabitants of the city of Travnik in the early years of the 19th century. With Bosnia much in the news these days, this remains "an essential addition for all fiction collections."
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review


“Once again, the story he is telling casts light on the dark path up which life so often throws us.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Rich with humanity and the humor that comes with wisdom.” —Library Journal
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
10
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 12 customer reviews
The book is wise and perceptive.
N. Marcus
Much of the novel has a sweep of time, character, and historical events so promenient in novels from Dickens, Tolstoy, and other great 19th century novelists.
Steve Booth-Butterfield
One thing that should be mentioned though, is that it also stands as a rare form of literature, a unique `genre'.
Billy Blues

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
Most people, whether from the former Yugoslavia or elsewhere, tend to say that "Bridge on the Drina" is Andric's best work. Well, they are wrong. Bosnian Chronicle ("Travnicka hronika" in the original) is Andric's true masterpiece. Nominally it presents the life of Travnik, the Bosnian provincial capital during Ottoman rule, during the early 19th century in the eyes of the French and German consuls stationed there. Andric says so much about central Bosnia in the way he shows the effect the people and the land have on these foreigners. Stunning, beautiful. If you can't read it in the original language, Hitrec's translation is surprisingly good. If you read nothing else by Andric, read this.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Vladimir Miletic on September 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
"Travnicka hronika" (The Bosnian Story, The Time of the Consuls... etc.) is Andric's second best work. I don't like ranking books, but I will dare to do it now. His major work "The Bridge on the Drina" (Na Drini cuprija) is a work of such originality and power, unequalled in literature... This book, however, uses a more conservative method, it talks about a smaller period of time and has a significantly smaller gallery of characters, all of which are, of course, very believable and beautifully depicted.

After opening it for the first time, I couldn't stop reading. It was so captivating that I read it in twice in the same week. Not many books do this for me.

"Bosnian Story" follows Austro-Hungarian and French consuls in the Bosnian city of Travnik over the period of five-six years. Andric didn't do much research for his novels, all his major works were written in Belgrade, during WWII, and all that time he almost never left his apartment. It is amazing that one can posses such great knowledge of Travnik and Bosnia, and most impressive of all, his depiction of Turkish, French and Austro-Hungarian politics is so accurate and clear.

What attracts me the most in Andric's works is his clear and simple, yet beautifully sounding sentence.

I strongly recommend you read this one. Chances are, you won't be disappointed. Simpler and less ambitious in approach, this book should perhaps be read before his masterpiece "The Bridge on the Drina."
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Schur on July 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I read this book a few years ago, and still think about its stories and themes. This brilliant novel opens a window to the small Bosnian town of Travnik (Andric's hometown) where representatives of the great European empires have come to play out their epochal hostilities under the suspicious eyes of the local townfolk. While the novel takes place in the Napoleonic era, the story was written (as was "Bridge on the Drina") while Andric was under house arrest during World War II, and thus its story of great forces coming to shake up a small town can be read in light of more recent world changing events. I made a point to visit Travnik on a trip to Bosnia two years ago, and felt as if I already knew the town intimately: the remains of the Pasha's palace on the hill is still there just as Andric describes it, as is the town nestled in the rolling Bosnian hills replete with Turkish fountains and monuments. Sadly, the multiethnic character of the town is gone now, as Serbs such as Andric himself are hard to come by in this part of Bosnia, and Jews are even more difficult to find. By reading this book, however, one can briefly visit Travnik in its multiethnic heyday, and enjoy the depiction of comraderie and sparring between the different local ethnic groups before the age of nationalism truly took hold. Everyone I have met from the former Yugoslavia cites this novel as Andric's best work.
Incidentally, this book has been translated as Travnik Chronicles (the original title), Bosnian Chronicle, and Days of the Consuls (translated by Celia Hawkesworth). Also, a collection of Andric short stories, entitled "The Damned Yard" in the edition I have, also features several more stories set in Travnik around the same era.
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Marcus on September 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
Andric's novel describes the events in a provincial town within the Ottoman Empire during the Napoleonic era. The story is told from the viewpoint of the French consul, a western rationalist. The interactions of the French consul, his Austrian counterparts, and members of their households with the local residents of various religions, and with the Turkish vizier are related with great sympathy and humanity for all the characters. The book is wise and perceptive. The translation is excellent.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Nuckols on June 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
A great novel about Balkans, and Europe, and life. The French Consul's sojourn in Travnik is beautifully rendered, and Andric describes well the social tensions among the various peoples of Bosnia and a Frenchman's difficulty making sense of Balkan life. I can't recommend it highly enough, and it is certainly as good as the more famous Bridge on the Drina, and perhaps better.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Janez on August 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is one of those rare perfect books. For my taste at least. I was amazed by the first page, and then by every other until the end. Fantastic! This is the only Yugoslav (that's Slovenian, Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian, Montenegran, and Macedonian) Nobel prize winner at his best. I think, I only read The Bridge on the Drina by him. And from this one I was expecting less, but got at least as much. In fact, if one of the two books is better than the other, then they both are. And they compare favourably to just about anything there is.
The scene is set in Travnik, Bosnia, in the early 19th century, a time when Napoleon was at his peak, Austria very strong, and Turkey still in control of much of the Balkans. Travnik was a vizier town at the time, which made it important enough for the French and Austrians to send their consuls there. Obviously, a lot of historical research preceded this book, but the blend of history and fiction is so perfect that we never know where history stops and fiction begins.
The story never leaves Travnik, although the tensions between France and Austria, the rebellion of Serbs, Napoleon's march to Moscow and his final defeat, are all reflected in the lives of people of Travnik, especially the two consuls and the vizier. But, there's no point in telling you the story, my mission here is to persuade you that this is literary genious at work on every page. Perfect in describing landscape, characters, events, a master of dialogues.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?