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Weights, measures, constants

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SUSAN PETRIE, SENIOR EDITOR, [email protected]

In 1945, The Bridge on the Drina, by Ivo Andric, was published. In the novel, Andric (who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1961) tells a centuries-long tale of the Balkans and its tumultuous history — its fate linked to geography, at a crossroads between unsettled empires. For over 400 years, his bridge in Višegrad is a silent constant where children play, lovers meet, and old men smoke and sip wine. When the province of Bosnia and Herzegovina is offered as a kind of spoil of war to Austria-Hungary, Andric winks subversively at the Austrians who come to occupy and who bring...Read full article

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