Bosnian Chronicle contains a memorable assortment of characters. At the centre is the French consul Daville, lost and unsure of himself but struggling on gamely. Around him circle a host of others — his family and assistants, rival Austrian consuls and their followers, successive Turkish Viziers and their entourages (almost as out of place in Bosnia as the Western diplomats), and the local people, a mix of Sephardic Jews, Bosnian beys, and Christian (Orthodox and Catholic) clergy and peasants. Some of Andriç's characters are so eccentric they would defy belief did they not fit so well into their environment.
It is its feel for Travnik, however, for the cycle of its seasons and the shifting moods of its people, which really makes Bosnian Chronicle a success. This is historical fiction at its best, though readers seeking high drama and heroic protagonists may be disappointed.
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