(1892 - 1975)
- "When it is a question of the writer and his work,
- does it not seem a little unjust that the
- author of a work of art, in addition to giving
- us his creation, consequently a part of his
- self, should be expected to say something
- more about himself and that work?"
- Andrich, Nobel Prize acceptance speech.
- "And in the slightest and most insignificant
- matter it is difficult for me to say
- something about myself."
- Andrich, letter to Claude Aveline.
Ivo Andrich, novelist, short story writer, and poet, winner of the
1961 Nobel Prize for Literature, was born at Dolac, a village near
Travnik, whose varied peoples and tumultuous history are the stuff of
his novels. A Croat by birth, Andrich became Serbian by choice. He
studied philosophy and history at the universities of Zagreb, Vienna,
Cracow and Graz, where he received his doctorate. He wrote poetry and
prose, producing acutely observant stories and novellas about the full
blooded, passionate, and richly assorted people of Bosnia. He quickly
gained recognition as "a master among modern Yugoslav story
writers". He was also active in politics. In 1941, as Yugoslavia's
minister to Germany, he left Berlin only shortly before Germans began
their assault on Belgrade. He has described his feelings when, during
the bombing of Belgrade, he saw the people fleeing past his window:"
They were all trying to save something-their lives, their children,
some precious possession. I had nothing to save but my life and it was
beneath human dignity to run for that." All of his principal works
including The Bridge on the Drina, Devil's Yard, Three Novellas, The
Women From Sarajevo and many others are translated into English.
Andrich's funeral was attended by over 10,000 in Belgrade and
officials that paid tribute to him.
- Adapted from the:
- "World Authors 1950 - 1970"; The H.W.Wilson Company.
- "Ivo Andrich - A Critical Biography" by Vanita Singh Mukerji.