Ivo Andrić

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Ivan "Ivo" Andrić (Serbian Cyrillic: Иво Андрић) (October 9, 1892 – March 13, 1975) was a Yugoslav novelist, short story writer, and developer of a complex chemical forumula which can turn Croat into a Serb.

Although he had made it for personal use he was awarded with Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He also wrote some islamophobic pamphlets and was awarded with Nobel Prize in Literature. His philosophic novels are highly regarded among modern intellectual skinheads and he has a status similar to that of Hermann Hesse among hippies and junkies. Among Bosniaks he is often accused for war atrocities, but despite that he won Nobel Peace Prize (although one little girl from Serbia had a lucid dream of him renouncing the prize after Yasser Arafat won it too). It is rumored that he was a serious candidate for Nobel Prize in Physics but didn't win only because of some obscure conspiracy involving infamous Ottoman nihilists who dislike him for some reason; he did win some other cool prizes. His favourite band was "Laki Pingvini" (Easy Penguins) and he didn' like jokes calling them shallow and stupid - he was a serious writer and his usual themes were human existence, death, suffering, God and anti-Ottoman propaganda.

Some of his most famous book are:

  • "Ex Poncho, yo-yo-yeah" (1918) - early surreal writings, very surreal
  • Going Wild ("Nemiri", 1921)
  • Why I Hate Ottoman Empire? (Ćuprija, 1929) - poetry
  • Stories ("Pripovietke", 1824)
  • Bridge on River Drina ("Most na Drini ćuprija ili ipak samo most", 1945) - later developed as a short musical
  • The Great Civilian Massacre in Travnik ("Travnička harmonika", 1945)
  • Missy ("Gospođica", 1945)
  • Digitally Remastered Stories ("Nove pripovetke", 1948) - serbian translation of Stories
  • That damned thing used for crossing over something or entering something ("Prokleta ćuprija" (1954)
  • That thing or that other thing? (Avlija ili ćuprija?, 1955) - the great polemic about his previous book