The Bridge on the Drina : The Kapia
Also it is a novel by Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric.
The following is an essay wroted by 2002 by Martin Kretzmann on it for an Eastern European Literature course at Grinnell College.
The Bridge on the Drina was erected out of pain, existed with pain and died in pain. This novel, written by Ivo Andric, portrays, through the stories of those who were there, the pain and the joy that centered on this bridge. Of particular interest is the recurring theme of piercing associated with the bridge.
Before the bridge was built, the "aga of the janissaries" came to take young boys of Bosnia to Stambul in order to put them to work for the Sultan. For these boys, the Drina was the point where their families were finally unable to pursue them further. One ten year old was especially affected, he felt "within himself...a sharp stabbing pain which seemed...to cut his chest in two and hurt terribly" (25). This pain was recurring throughout his life and was "always associated with the memory of that place where the road broke off...and of the stony banks of the river, across which the passage was so difficult, so expensive and so unsafe" (25). This boy grew up to be the Vezir, who provided for the construction of the bridge. In a sense, his heart had been pierced by the loss of his family and the struggle the river presented to travelers.
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capthaddock (28790) 2007-07-14 19:26
Hi Pierre - nice angle, attractive architecture, I wish the lens was a bit wider, also I want to decrease the brightness a little. Happy 14 juillet.
WepWaWet (3796) 2007-07-19 4:24
Very beautiful compoistion with excellent reflections and soft colors. Nice POV and sharpness.
clio (27955) 2008-03-23 6:48
Merci pour la photo et pour l'extrait du chef d'oeuvre d'Andric.
Après avoir lu le livre, je m'étais promis d'aller à Visegrad (à l'époque, j'allais presque ts les ans en Grèce en voiture en passant par la Yougo, en profitant pour y faire qq visites. Et puis, la guerre est arrivée et je n'y suis plus retournée... mais tu me donnes bien envie d'y revenir.
Belle photo qui ne montre pas l'intégralité du pont mais qui en montre sa force avec ces piliers impressionnants. Force dans la construction et force surtout dans ce qu'il a représenté dans l'histoire des différentes communautés et occupations de la ville.
Si jamais, je décide de retourner en "ex-Yougo", je te contacterai peut-être car j'ai l'impression que tu connais bien! (si cela ne t'ennuie pas évidemment!)
- Copyright: Pierre AURIOL (PIERRE-HENRI-AU) (448)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-06-04
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): VOYAGES DANS LES BALKANS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-07-13 16:20