Ivo Andric, the writer of the famous novel The Bridge on the Drina has been the only Yugoslav winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, for the above mentioned book, which he received in 1961.
Today, his Nobel Prize medal will be one of the objects that will be exhibited for the first time and for three days only, starting this Friday, at his Herceg Novi house in Montenegro, where he lived for years in the ’50s and ’60s. The place has been turned into “a memorial location” with later plans by organisers to make it a museum and opened its doors to the public on July 17. The overall exhibition at Herzeg Novi is entitled ‘The Writer, Diplomat and Nobel Prize Winner’. Visitors will be able to admire apart from the medal, Andric’s diplomatic uniform and his diplomatic suitcase and passport -in 1939, he became Yugoslavia’s ambassador to Germany, but he had to leave his post in April 1941 with the German-led invasion of his country.
“With the opening of the reconstructed house of Nobel Prize-winning Ivo Andric, the process of the writer’s ‘return’ to Herceg Novi has started, through remembrance of his work and personality”, the municipality of Herceg Novi said in a press release.
Andric’s novel tells the story of the people of Visegrad under the Ottoman rule, their relationship with the town’s bridge (Drina Bridge, beautiful today also) –a relationship that unfolds over nearly four centuries- as well as that of the relations of the local, especially Serbs and Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) between them… / IBNA