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Ivo Andric was a short story writer who went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature

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BirthdayOctober 9, 1892
Died onMarch 13, 1975
NationalityYugoslav
FamousNobel Laureates In Literature, Writers, Novelists
SpousesMilica Babic-Andric (m. 1958–1968)
Universities
  • Jagiellonian University
  • University of Graz
  • University of Zagreb
Birth PlaceTravnik
ReligionRoman Catholic
GenderMale
FatherAntun
MotherKatarina
Sun SignLibra
Born inTravnik
Famous asNovelist
Died at Age82

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Who is Ivo Andric?

The Bosnian-Croat lineage made Ivo Andric relate himself more as a Croatian initially and later as a Serbian. Majority of his works were written in Serbian but atleast one-third of his works were written in Croatian. He was famous for his trilogy set in his homeland Bosnia that was inhibited by Croats, Turks, Jews, and Serbs, where there was a conflict between the European and Turkish culture. In his works that were written especially after World War, he portrayed the cruelty of war and the feelings of apprehension and isolation encountered by individuals. During his stay at Zagreb, he became associated with Zagreb intelligentsia and Antun Gustav Matos, whose writings had considerable influence over him and his works. He was imprisoned after allegedly having underground connections in the assassination of Franz Ferdinand. It was at this time he was exposed to the writings of Soren Kierkegaard and Fyodor Dostoevsky. He got worldwide recognition when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for his large body of literary work, the most prominent one being the novel, “The Bridge on the Drina’. He was generous enough to donate the Nobel Cash award of $48,000 for the betterment of libraries in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Throughout his life, both personally and in writings, he reflected a true sense of patriotism. Scroll further.

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Childhood & Early Life

Ivo Andric was born as Ivan Andric to Antun Andric and Katarina Pejic, in Travnic. His father was a coppersmith who died due to tuberculosis when Andric was just two years old. So, he was brought up by his kin and did his elementary schooling in Visegrad.

In 1903, he joined his mother in Sarajevo and completed his secondary education from the Sarajevo Grammar School.

He started writing poetry at a tender age and in 1911, his first poem, ‘U sumrak’ (At Twilight) was published in the ‘Bosanska vila’ (Bosnian Fairy).

He obtained a scholarship from the Croatian cultural-educational society in 1912 and subsequently studied at Royal University, in Zagreb.

In 1913, he enrolled at the University of Vienna, where he studied literature, philosophy, and history. The weather of Vienna further increased the sensitivity of his lungs, a genetic problem, and as a result, he suffered from pneumonia.

With the help of his patron and secondary school professor Tugomir Alaupovic, he studied at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, in 1914. This was the time when he got his works published in the compendium, ‘Hrvatska Mlada lirika’ (Young Croatian Lyricist).

As he was a part of a revolutionary organization, he was arrested upon his return to Sarajevo on the allegation of his involvement in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. He was detained in jail until March 1915.

Career

In October 1919, he was employed as a civil servant with the ‘Ministry of Religion’ in Belgrad.

In 1920, his collection of poems titled ‘Nemiri’ and the short story, ‘Put Alije Djerzeleza’ was published.

During his time in service, he worked at the ‘Holy See’ and was appointed to the Legation of the Vatican. The next year, he was employed with the General Consulate of the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes in Bucharest.

In 1922, he was reassigned to the Consulate in Trieste and the following year, he worked in the Consulate of Graz but his job with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was at stake, as he had not completed his degree.

This made him enroll at the Faculty of Philosophy in Graz and in 1924; he was able to retain his career by defending his doctorate thesis, ‘The Development of Spiritual Life in Bosnia Under the Influence of Turkish Rule’.

By the end of 1924, he was transferred to the Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belgrade. The same year his first anthology of short stories was published by the Serbian Literary Association titled, ‘U zindanu’ and ‘Rzavski bregovi’.

In 1926, he became the member of the Serbian Academy of Science and Art and the same year, his stories, ‘Mara milosnic’ and 'Cudo u Olovu’ were published.

He served in the Consulates of Paris and Marseilles, in 1927 and spent most of his free time reading history related to Bosnia and reading the mail of Pierre David, the French diplomat in Travnik.

In 1930, he wrote an essay on Simon Bolivar and his travel story, ‘Portugal, zelena zemlja’. Two years later, he published another collection of short-stories including, ‘Smrt u Sinanovoj tekiji’, ‘Na ladi’, ‘Leteci nad morem’.

In 1935, he headed the political department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The same year, short-stories like, ‘Bajron u Sintri’ and ‘Deca’, were published.

His diplomatic career was ascending and he was appointed as deputy minister of foreign affairs in November 1937. Despite being bestowed with tremendous responsibilities, he still managed to publish ‘Trup’ and ‘Likovi’.

He remained a Yugoslav ambassador to Berlin in Germany until the German invasion in 1941. He retired from the diplomatic services and refused to leave occupied Belgrade.

From 1941 to 1945, he penned his most important novels yet: ‘Travnicka hronika’, ‘Na Drini cuprija’ and ‘Gospodica’. Post-World War II, he was appointed as the president of the ‘Yugoslav Writers Association’.

Through the 50s, he published a number of short-stories including, ‘Bife Titanik’, ‘Znakovi’, ‘Zeko’ and ‘Pod grabicem’.

After his wife passed away in 1968, he became more of a recluse and stopped involving himself with social activities. Just before his death, he grew very ill and spent the last few years of his life alone.

His book ‘Omer-Pasha Latas’ was published posthumously in 1977.

Major Works

‘Travnicka hronika’ relates the relentless struggle of Bosnian nationals and their refusal to surrender to outsiders. The novel was set in the Napoleonic time spanning 1807 to 1814 and is marked with the Tolstoyan spirit of conflict between reality and loyalty.

Inspired by a medieval bridge that stood by the river in Vienna, he wrote the much acclaimed novel, ‘Na Drini cuprija’. The bridge stands as the symbol of nexus between the mixed populations of the town.

One of his acclaimed works ‘Gospodica’ is centered on the character of Miss Raika Radakovic, a spinster who is obsessed with profound stinginess that results in her loss of friendship, love, and to meet her fate solitarily with no one to love and care.

Awards & Achievements

He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961, after the publication of ‘Na Drini cuprija’.

In recognition to his talent, the University of Jagiellonian awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in 1964.

He became an honorary member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1969.

In 1972, an honorary doctorate degree was awarded to him by the University of Belgrade.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1958, he married his long time love, Milica Babic-Andric; who was a costume designer at the National Theater in Belgrade and the widow of Nenad Jovanovic.

Owing to ill-health, he passed away in Belgrade. He was interred in Belgrade New Cemetery.

His native house in Travnik is maintained as a Museum and the Belgrade flat he lived in has been transformed into the Museum.

Trivia

Some of the works of this Bosnian novelist, especially his thesis, seem to have anti-Muslim prejudice in the Serbian context.

He had donated the entire cash amount he obtained after winning the Nobel Prize for the benefit of libraries in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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1961- Nobel Prize in Literature

Ivo Andric biography timelines

  • // 9th Oct 1892
    Ivo Andric was born as Ivan Andric to Antun Andric and Katarina Pejic, in Travnic. His father was a coppersmith who died due to tuberculosis when Andric was just two years old. So, he was brought up by his kin and did his elementary schooling in Visegrad.
  • // 1903
    In 1903, he joined his mother in Sarajevo and completed his secondary education from the Sarajevo Grammar School.
  • // 1911
    He started writing poetry at a tender age and in 1911, his first poem, ‘U sumrak’ (At Twilight) was published in the ‘Bosanska vila’ (Bosnian Fairy).
  • // 1912
    He obtained a scholarship from the Croatian cultural-educational society in 1912 and subsequently studied at Royal University, in Zagreb.
  • // 1913
    In 1913, he enrolled at the University of Vienna, where he studied literature, philosophy, and history. The weather of Vienna further increased the sensitivity of his lungs, a genetic problem, and as a result, he suffered from pneumonia.
  • // 1914
    With the help of his patron and secondary school professor Tugomir Alaupovic, he studied at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, in 1914. This was the time when he got his works published in the compendium, ‘Hrvatska Mlada lirika’ (Young Croatian Lyricist).
  • // 1915
    As he was a part of a revolutionary organization, he was arrested upon his return to Sarajevo on the allegation of his involvement in the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. He was detained in jail until March 1915.
  • // Oct 1919
    In October 1919, he was employed as a civil servant with the ‘Ministry of Religion’ in Belgrad.
  • // 1920
    In 1920, his collection of poems titled ‘Nemiri’ and the short story, ‘Put Alije Djerzeleza’ was published.
  • // 1922
    In 1922, he was reassigned to the Consulate in Trieste and the following year, he worked in the Consulate of Graz but his job with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was at stake, as he had not completed his degree.
  • // 1924
    This made him enroll at the Faculty of Philosophy in Graz and in 1924; he was able to retain his career by defending his doctorate thesis, ‘The Development of Spiritual Life in Bosnia Under the Influence of Turkish Rule’.
  • // 1926
    In 1926, he became the member of the Serbian Academy of Science and Art and the same year, his stories, ‘Mara milosnic’ and 'Cudo u Olovu’ were published.
  • // 1927
    He served in the Consulates of Paris and Marseilles, in 1927 and spent most of his free time reading history related to Bosnia and reading the mail of Pierre David, the French diplomat in Travnik.
  • // 1930
    In 1930, he wrote an essay on Simon Bolivar and his travel story, ‘Portugal, zelena zemlja’. Two years later, he published another collection of short-stories including, ‘Smrt u Sinanovoj tekiji’, ‘Na ladi’, ‘Leteci nad morem’.
  • // 1935
    In 1935, he headed the political department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The same year, short-stories like, ‘Bajron u Sintri’ and ‘Deca’, were published.
  • // 1937
    His diplomatic career was ascending and he was appointed as deputy minister of foreign affairs in November 1937. Despite being bestowed with tremendous responsibilities, he still managed to publish ‘Trup’ and ‘Likovi’.
  • // 1941
    He remained a Yugoslav ambassador to Berlin in Germany until the German invasion in 1941. He retired from the diplomatic services and refused to leave occupied Belgrade.
  • // 1941 To 1945
    From 1941 to 1945, he penned his most important novels yet: ‘Travnicka hronika’, ‘Na Drini cuprija’ and ‘Gospodica’. Post-World War II, he was appointed as the president of the ‘Yugoslav Writers Association’.
  • // 1958
    In 1958, he married his long time love, Milica Babic-Andric; who was a costume designer at the National Theater in Belgrade and the widow of Nenad Jovanovic.
  • // 1961
    He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961, after the publication of ‘Na Drini cuprija’.
  • // 1964
    In recognition to his talent, the University of Jagiellonian awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in 1964.
  • // 1968
    After his wife passed away in 1968, he became more of a recluse and stopped involving himself with social activities. Just before his death, he grew very ill and spent the last few years of his life alone.
  • // 1969
    He became an honorary member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1969.
  • // 1972
    In 1972, an honorary doctorate degree was awarded to him by the University of Belgrade.
  • // 13th Mar 1975
    Owing to ill-health, he passed away in Belgrade. He was interred in Belgrade New Cemetery.

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    Ivo Andric was born in Travnik

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    Ivo Andric's spouses is Milica Babic-Andric (m. 1958–1968)

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    Ivo Andric studied at Jagiellonian University, University of Graz, University of Zagreb

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    Ivo Andric's mother is Katarina

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