ANDRIC, Ivo. The Bridge on the Drina.

(London): George Allen and Unwin, 1959.  First UK edition.  Octavo.  314 pages.  Foreword by translator Lovett F. Edwards. A historical novel by the Yugoslav writer Ivo Andrić. It revolves around the Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge in Višegrad, which spans the Drina River and stands as a silent witness to history from its construction by the Ottomans in the mid-16th century until its partial destruction during World War I. The story spans about four centuries and covers the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian occupations of the region, with a particular emphasis on the lives, destinies, and relations of the local inhabitants, especially Serbs and Bosnian Muslims.  In 1961, Andrić was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and his works became subject to international recognition.  A very good copy in dust jacket.