The era is napoleonic and the novel, both in its historical scope and psychological subtlety, Tolstoyan. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
As they have for centuries, futilely, the Bosnians themselves observe and endure the machinations of greater powers that vie, to absorb them. In its portrayal of conflict and fierce ethnic loyalties, the story is also eerily relevant. Set in the town of travnik, Bosnian Chronicle presents the struggle for supremacy in a region that stubbornly refuses to submit to any outsider.
Ivo andric's masterwork is imbued with the richness and complexity of a region that has brought so much tragedy to our century and known so little peace. Skyhorse publishing, as well as our arcade, folklore and mythology, satire, historical fiction, Dumas, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, Yucca, classic literature, novellas, Cather, literary classics including Shakespeare, and Good Books imprints, Wilde, erotic and love stories, comedy, mystery, romance, political and medical thrillers, and much more.
Ottoman viziers, and austrian plenipotentiaries are consumed by an endless game of diplomacy and double-dealing: expansive and courtly face-to-face, French consuls, brooding and scheming behind closed doors.
The Bridge on the Drina Phoenix Fiction
As we seek to make sense of the current nightmare in this region, this remarkable, timely book serves as a reliable guide to its people and history. No better introduction to the study of Balkan and Ottoman history exists, nor do I know of any work of fiction that more persuasively introduces the reader to a civilization other than our own.
Mohan, des moines sunday registerborn in Bosnia, Ivo Andric 1892-1975 was a distinguished diplomat and novelist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. It is an intellectual and emotional adventure to encounter the Ottoman world through Andric's pages in its grandiose beginning and at its tottering finale.
The bridge on the drina is a vivid depiction of the suffering history has imposed upon the people of Bosnia from the late 16th century to the beginning of World War I. It is, a marvelous work, in short, a masterpiece, and very much sui generis. His books include the damned Yard: And Other Stories, and The Days of the Consuls.
. Andric's sensitive portrait of social change in distant Bosnia has revelatory force. William H.
Omer Pasha Latas: Marshal to the Sultan
A sweeping epic by nobel prize-winner Ivo Andrić about power, identity, and Islam set in 19th-century Ottoman Bosnia and Istanbul. Omer pasha latas is set in nineteenth-century Sarajevo, where Muslims and Christians live in uneasy proximity while entertaining a common resentment of faraway Ottoman rule.
Omer pasha latas combines the leisurely melancholy of Joseph Roth’s The Radetzky March with the stark fatalism of an old ballad. Omer is the seraskier, and as the book begins he arrives from Istanbul, dispatched to bring Sarajevo’s landowners to heel, commander in chief of the Sultan’s armies, a task that he accomplishes with his usual ferocity and efficiency.
Now, and outcasts from across europe and Asia, adventurers, at the height of his power, he heads an army of misfits, and yet wherever he goes he remains a stranger. Ivo andrić, is a spellbinding storyteller and a magnificent stylist, and here, he surrounds his enigmatic central figure with many vivid and fascinating minor characters, lost souls and hopeless dreamers all, who won the Nobel Prize in 1961, in his final novel, in a world that is slowly sliding towards disaster.
And yet the seraskier’s expedition to bosnia is a time of reckoning for him as well: he was born in the Balkans, a Serb and a subject of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a bright boy who escaped his father’s financial disgrace by running away and converting to Islam.
Black Lamb and Grey Falcon Penguin Classics
With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Rebecca west’s magnum opus. The landscape and the people of Yugoslavia are brilliantly observed as West untangles the tensions that rule the country’s history as well as its daily life.
One of the great books of our time. The new yorker written on the brink of world war ii, people, Rebecca West’s classic examination of the history, and politics of Yugoslavia illuminates a region that is still a focus of international concern. A magnificent blend of travel journal, and historical insight, cultural commentary, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon probes the troubled history of the Balkans and the uneasy relationships among its ethnic groups.
Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. Penguin Books.
The Balkans in World History New Oxford World History
It is the space in which the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, of Byzantium, of Ottoman Turkey, and of Roman Catholic Europe met, clashed and sometimes combined. The history of the balkans is thus a history of creative borrowing by local people of the various civilizations that have nominally conquered the region.
Penguin Books. In the historical and literary imagination, the Balkans loom large as a somewhat frightening and ill-defined space, racked by racial and ethnic hatred, often seen negatively as a region of small and spiteful peoples, always ready to burst into violent conflict. Eminent historian andrew wachtel here depicts the Balkans as that borderland geographical space in which four of the world's greatest civilizations have overlapped in a sustained and meaningful way to produce a complex, sometimes combustible, dynamic, multi-layered local civilization.
. Encompassing bulgaria, greece, croatia, serbia, albania, Macedonia, and European Turkey, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Balkans have absorbed many voices and traditions, resulting in one of the most complex and interesting regions on earth. The balkans in world history re-defines this space in positive terms, taking as a starting point the cultural, historical, and social threads that allow us to see this region as a coherent if complex whole.
Death and the Dervish Writings From An Unbound Europe
Death and the dervish is an acclaimed novel by Bosnian writer Mesa Selimovic. He narrates his story in the form of an elaborate suicide note, regularly misquoting the Koran. Hugely successful when published in the 1960s, Death and the Dervish is an enduring classic from twentieth-century Yugoslavia.
Penguin Books. When his brother is arrested, he must descend into the Kafkaesque world of the Turkish authorities in his search to discover what happened to him. In time, eventually, he begins to question his relations with society as a whole and, his life choices in general. It recounts the story of sheikh nuruddin, a dervish residing in an Islamic monastery in Sarajevo in the eighteenth century during the Ottoman Turk hegemony over the Balkans.
Their offbeat lives and daily dramas in the foreground, the killing zone in the background. Miljenko jergovic’s remarkable début collection of stories, Sarajevo Marlboro – winner of the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize – earned him wide acclaim throughout Europe. Penguin Books. A dazzling storyteller, croats, he brings a profoundly human, razor-sharp understanding of the fate of the city’s young Muslims, and Serbs with a subterranean humor and profoundly personal vision.
Archipelago Books. Croatian by birth, jergovic ? spent his childhood in Sarajevo and chose to remain there throughout most of the war.
April Fool's Day: A Novel P.S.
At age nineteen, an innocent prank cuts the young Croatian's budding medical career short and lands him in a notorious labor camp. Archipelago Books. Released on the eve of civil war, ivan is drafted into the wrong army, becoming a pawn in an absurd conflict in which the rules and loyalties shift abruptly and without warning.
Told with bitingly dark humor and a deep tenderness, April Fool's Day is both a devastating political satire and a razor-sharp parody of war. Ivan dolinar is born in tito's yugoslavia on april Fool's Day, 1948 - the auspicious beginning of a life that will be derailed by backfiring good intentions in a world of propaganda and paranoia.
. Penguin Books. But even in a world gone mad, one course of action remains eminently sane: survival.
The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-2011
A newly revised and updated edition of an award-winning BBC correspondent's magisterial history of the Balkan regionThis unique and lively history of Balkan geopolitics since the early nineteenth century gives readers the essential historical background to more than one hundred years of events in this war-torn area.
Archipelago Books. Penguin Books. Now updated to include the fall of slobodan milosevic, the balkans explores the often catastrophic relationship between the Balkans and the Great Powers, and each state's quest for legitimacy in the European Union, the capture of all indicted war criminals from the Yugoslav wars, raising some disturbing questions about Western intervention.
No other book covers the entire region, bulgaria, romania, or explains so vividly the origins of modern Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Greece, or offers such profound insights into the roots of Balkan violence, and Albania. Penguin Books.
Love Thy Neighbor: A Story of War
Winner of the los angeles times book prizePeter Maass went to the Balkans as a reporter at the height of the nightmarish war there, but this book is not traditional war reportage. Soldiers shining searchlights on fleeing refugees--who are promptly gunned down by snipers waiting in the darkness. He conveys the desperation that makes a Muslim beg the United States to bomb his own city in order to end the misery.
Penguin Books. Maass examines how an ordinary Serb could wake up one morning and shoot his neighbor, once a friend--then rape that neighbor's wife. Love thy neighbor gives us an unflinching vision of a late-20th-century hell that is also a scathing inquiry into the worst extremes of human nature. Penguin Books.
Archipelago Books. Like michael herr's dispatches also available in Vintage paperback, it is an utterly gripping book that will move and instruct readers for years to come. And maass does not falter at the spectacle of U. N.
The Fortress: A Novel Writings From An Unbound Europe
Muslim ahmet's sustaining marriage to a young Christian woman provides a multicultural tension that strongly resonates with contemporary readers and sensibilities. Set in bosnia in the late 1700s, the novel sometimes functions as an artful metaphor for the communist Yugoslavia of Selimovic's day. In time he overcomes the anguish of war, and will not tolerate, only to find that he has emerged a reflective and contemplative man in a society that does not value, the subversive implications of these qualities.
Published as tvrdava in serbian, it is the tenth and among the best-known novels by Mesa Selimovic 1910-1982. Used book in Good Condition. The fortress is one of the most significant and fascinating novels to come out of the former Yugoslavia. Penguin Books. Archipelago Books. In the novel, ahmet shabo returns home to seventeenth-century Sarajevo from the war in Russia, numbed by the death in battle or suicide of nearly his entire military unit.
. Penguin Books. At other times, the author explores the nuances of Ottoman rule in the Balkans.