Andrić, Ivo (ēˈvō änˈdrĭch) [key], 1892–1975, Yugoslav novelist and poet, b. Bosnia. As a student Andrić worked for the independence and unity of the South Slavic peoples, and after the formation in 1918 of the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia), he served in diplomatic posts. His best-known work is a historical trilogy (1945) on Bosnia: The Bridge on the Drina (tr. 1959), Bosnian Story (tr. 1959), and Young Miss. Andrić's other works include poems and novellas. The misery of man's struggle for existence is his principal theme. Andrić was awarded the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature. His later stories and novellas include Devil's Yard (1954, tr. 1962), Faces (1960), Vizier's Elephant (tr. 1962), cited in the Nobel Prize presentation, and The Pasha's Concubine (tr. 1968).
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