The House on its Own by Ivo Andrić - a book about the soul Cover Image

Andrićeva “Kuća na osami” - knjiga o duši
The House on its Own by Ivo Andrić - a book about the soul

Author(s): Jelena Ratkov Kvočka
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Bosnian Literature, Serbian Literature
Published by: Bosansko filološko društvo
Keywords: Andrić; The House on Its Own; history; fiction; soul; autopoetics;

Summary/Abstract: Andrić's creative soul in the timeless present, opens wide like the doors and windows on a house on the steep Alifakovac in Sarajevo, all the way to the deepest well in the soul, to the soul's endlessness, so that it could accept all of those who would like to enter the story and to point to the bright and pristine ”heavenly” moments of the soul, and even more to the dark ones, sinful and shameful, horrifying and tragic, now and forever intervowen into the Mann's “festivity of the story”. These stories by Andrić are but walking shadows and states of the soul. Searching for and recognizing the irrational moves of the soul and its timeless forms, the genuine stories of this The House on Its Own are the depths and the essence, or as Mann put it: ”the blessing of the sky above and of the depths below”. One of the last books by Andrić, consisting of interconnected short stories, deconstructs the narrator's creative technique and reinterprets the author's idea from the essay Of stories and story telling – that literary discourse is equal to historical truth. Both history and fiction are but means of telling stories about the central, eternal and timeless – about the human soul.

  • Issue Year: 4/2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 163-177
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Serbian