“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” this is a fascinating read as well as a beautifully written novel. Utterly different to most novels in that it doesn’t have a protagonist or series of protagonists running through the narrative, unless you consider the bridge itself to be one. However, it is populated with a huge cast of colourful characters whose fears and dreams haunt the bridge for four hundred years. Andric was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. The novel gives the reader a keen insight into the apparent progress inherent in human history: how have things changed for the people of this town since the building of the bridge in 1566? Worth reading if only to appreciate the huge range of possibilities the novel, as a form, has.