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Brief History of Bosnian Literature
The period of Austro Hungarian rule in Bosnia-Herzegovina is linked with radical changes, since it initiated a more direct contact with Western spiritual currents. The new image of the world and fresh sensibility began to penetrate most forcibly through the medium of literary works, whose achievements reached beyond the frontiers of the Bosnian reading public. Writers who have gained international recognition through translation of their work include the Nobel Prize-winner Ivo Andric (famous for The Bridge over the Drina and Travnik Chronicle) Branko Copic, the poet Mak Dizdar (The Stone Sleeper), Isak Samokovlija (Tales of Old Sarajevo) and Mesa Selimovic (Death and the Dervish). More recently the works of Miljenko Jergovic (Sarajevo Marlboro, Karivani), Dzevad Karahasan (Sarajevo, Exodus of a City), Ivan Lovrenovic, Predrag Matvejevic, Semezdin Mehmedinovic (Sarajevo Blues), Goran Simic (Sprinting from the Graveyard), Jasna Samic (Pavillon bosniaque) and Abdulah Sidran, participants in the post war flowering of Bosnian literature, have reached readers outside their country. The astonishing success of Aleksandar Hemon’s The Question of Bruno his first book written in English, only a short time after he had settled in the US aided to this exposure of the Bosnian literary momentum. Scar on the Stone is an important recent anthology of the work of living Bosnian poets in English translation.


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