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Ivo Andric

AKA Ivan Andric

Born: 9-Oct-1892
Birthplace: Dolac, Ottoman Empire
Died: 13-Mar-1975
Location of death: Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Cause of death: Natural Causes
Remains: Buried, Novo Groblje, Belgrade, Serbia

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author

Nationality: Serbia
Executive summary: The Bridge on the Drina

Ivo Andric was of Croatian heredity, born in Ottoman-governed Bosnia, but identified more as a Serbian. Raised when the region was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, he was an outspoken opponent of that government and called for a unified, multicultural homeland. He wrote mostly in Serbian, but about a third of his works were in Croatian, and he often used both of these interconnected languages in the same text. He also translated works by Walt Whitman and August Strindberg. He studied in Austria and Poland, and was jailed during World War I, accused of associating with the Serbian nationalists who assassinated Franz Ferdinand.

After World War I he became a Yugoslavian diplomat, stationed in Italy, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, and Germany. When Germany invaded Yugoslavia, he returned to occupied Belgrade, where he endured the war under house arrest. There he wrote his three most famous novels, Na Drini Cuprija (The Bridge on the Drina), Travnicka Hronika (Bosnian Story), and Gospodjica (The Woman from Sarajevo), but none of these were published until after World War II ended. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1961, "for the epic strength" of work that "shaped the motifs and fates from the history of his country", and he donated his $48,000 Nobel cash honorarium to the construction of libraries in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Father: Antun Andrić (janitor, d. 1895 tuberculosis)
Mother: Katarina Pejić Andrić
Wife: Milica Babic-Andric (theatrical costume designer, b. 1909, mistress 1950s, m. 1958, d. 1968)

    High School: Sarajevo Grammar School, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (1912)
    University: University of Zagreb (attended 1912-13)
    University: University of Vienna (attended 1913-14)
    University: University of Krakow (attended 1914-15)
    University: PhD Philosophy, University of Graz (1924)

    Nobel Prize for Literature 1961
    Croatian Ancestry

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Author of books:
Ex Ponto (1918, prose poetry)
Nemiri (Anxieties) (1919, prose poetry)
Put Alije Djerzeleza (The Trip of Alija Djerzelez) (1920)
Pripovetke (Stories) (1924, short stories)
Pripovetke 2 (Stories 2) (1931, short stories)
Pripovetke 3 (Stories 3) (1936, short stories)
Na Drini Cuprija (The Bridge on the Drina) (1945)
Travnicka Hronika (Bosnian Story) (1945)
Gospodjica (The Woman from Sarajevo) (1945)
Priča o Vezirovom Slonu (The Vizier's Elephant) (1948)
Nove Pripovetke (New Stories) (1948, short stories)
Prokleta Avilija (The Devil's Yard) (1954)
Lica (Faces) (1960, short stories)
Zapisi o Goji (Notes on Goya) (1961)
Omer-Pasha Latas (1977, posthumous)

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