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The Slave Girl

and other stories about women

Ivo Andrić (1892–1975) was a novelist, short story writer, and winner of the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature, “for the epic force with which he has traced themes and depicted human destinies drawn from the history of his country."

Edited by Radmila J. Gorup, Columbia University
Introduction by Zoran Milutinović

A string of newly translated as well as already published stories by a real classic of East European literature. Andrić, novelist and short story writer of Croatian descent from Bosnia who identified himself as a Serbian, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961 “for the epic force with which he has traced themes and depicted human destinies drawn from the history of his country.” While the volume includes numerous examples of the oppression of women and the disaster that ensues if any should defy the established rules, thereby evoking the fabric of this society, Andrić has also woven into it a more personal experience of the categories which society assigns to women.

Widely read in the whole of Eastern Europe, and a favorite for addressing themes of general concern in the region, the fervor of his prose catching, the boldly romantic plots speak to all alike. A preface by Celia Hawkesworth and an introduction by Zoran Milutinović, top specialists of southern Slav literatures are useful in providing a background both in historical and intellectual terms.

This collection of stories by the most prominent Balkan author of the twentieth century offers unique insights into his development as a storyteller joining post-Oriental sensibility and European high modernism. It is an excellent addition to The Bridge on the Drina , Bosnian Chronicle and The Damned Yard, the novels that have already established Ivo Andrić as one of the leading voices of world literature in general. Although the stories have been translated by a variety of scholars, the overall collection reflects well on the original Bosnian / Croatian / Montenegrin / Serbian and captures a unique literary style characteristic of Ivo Andrić’ poetics and his calm narrative detachment. - Tomislav Z. Longinović, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"While Andric’s novels, especially The Bridge on the Drina, get top billing, the short story was his forte. And judging from the 22 tales gathered here, Andric was endlessly inspired by women and their struggle for autonomy. With searing lyricism and stinging candor, Andric summons up the mysteries of sexuality and the age-old attractions and animosities between men and women, and among the diverse peoples of the gorgeous, unforgiving Balkans. Darkly symphonic, Andric’s mesmerizing stories of women trapped and enslaved by love and contempt delve into humankind’s stubborn battle against the 'brutal laws of life.'” - Booklist

"Ivo Andric is tragically neglected. Coming from an unfashionable part of Europe has crippled the legacy of a writer who deserves to be as well known as Gogol and Turgenyev, if not Chekhov, Tolstory or Dostoyevski." ... "It's a hugely generous volume at over 535 pages, footnotes and glossary, two introductions (one at over 20 pages is equal to anything in a Oxford or Penguin edition). There are 22 stories total, 2 of which are 100 page novellas. Ten of the stories I think are classics and easily stand up to anything by Tolstoy or Thomas Mann, two authors he is commonly compared to." ... "The women of different communities pictured under a centralized power is revealed so brilliantly that sometimes the aknowledgement of their role as mere objects feels almost physically painful." ... "This is a superb collection of short stories by one of the GREATEST (sadly lesser known) authors of the 20th century." - Amazon (quotes from customers' reviews)

Contents

Acknowledgments; Preface by Celia Hawkesworth; Introduction by Zoran Milutinovic: The Wisdom Effect—Ivo Andrić the Storyteller; Love in the Kasaba; An Uneasy Year, Ćorkan and the German Tightrope Walker, Byron in Sintra, Maltreatment, The Surveyor and Julka, Ojujaci, Thirst, Miracle at Olovo, In the Camp, The Slave Girl, Zuja, Loves, Woman on the Rock, The Pasha’s Concubine, Anika’s Times, A Family Portrait, The Snake, The Tanners, The Game, An Ivory Woman, Jelena, the Woman Who Is Not; Glossary, A Key to Pronounciation

2009
580 pages
978-963-9776-42-5 paperback $18.95 / €15.00 / £13.99

Published in the series:
CEU Press Classics
ISSN 1418-0162

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