Ivo Andric (Dolac, 1892 – Belgrade, 1975) was a Serbian mason, writer and royal diplomat.
He was a member of the Lodge „Preporođaj“ and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961 for the novel „On the Drina Cuprija“.
Ivo Andric (Dolac, October 9, 1892 – Belgrade, March 13, 1975) was a Serbian and Yugoslav writer and diplomat of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. In 1961 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature „for an epic power to shape the themes and show the destinies of people throughout the history of their country. “ As a high school student, Andric was a member of the advanced nationalist movement Mlada Bosna and a passionate fighter for the liberation of the South Slav nations from the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
He got his Ph.D. in Austria, Gratz, and spent time between two world wars serving in consulates and missions of the Kingdom Yugoslavia in Rome, Bucharest, Graz, Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Geneva and Berlin. He was a member of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts where he was admitted in 1926. His most famous works are in addition to the novel On Drina Cuprija and Travnik Chronicle, Damned Alley, Miss and Jelena, a Woman That Doesn’t Exist. In his works he deals mostly with the description of life in Bosnia during the Ottoman rule.
The Foundation of Ivo Andrić Foundation was founded in Belgrade, the first and most important provision of his will was that his legacy is preserved as a whole and that, as a legacy, be used for general cultural and humanitarian needs. On the basis of the testamentary will of the writer, “Andrić” is awarded each year as a prize for a story or a collection of stories written in Serbian.
Ivo Andric Mason
Ivo Andric was one of the most famous Serbian masons. About the initiation into Free Masonry he said: „When I was offered to enter the Free Masonry Lodge, I was a young mannot attracted to social entertainment and party political life. And I was very pleased to take the opportunity to be in the company of serious and benevolent people, where I could, perhaps, be of use to the country and society and improve and raise myself personally“.
In 1925 he was admitted to the Lodge of Preporođaj. At that time the Lodge had worked independently and separately from the Great Lodge of Yugoslavia. After a year and a half he received the degree of the master and remained on it since his leaving the Lodge.