Иво Андрић (10.10.1892, Травник – 13.3.1975, Београд) одрастао је у Вишеграду где је гледао витке стубове ћуприје на Дрини, што ће обележити његово стваралаштво. Аутор је преко стотину приповедака међу којима су и Мост на Жепи, Пут Алије Ђерзелеза, Ћоркан и Швабица, Мара милосница, Аникина времена, Мустафа Маџар, Прича о везировом слону, Велетовци, Јелена, жена које нема, романа На Дрини ћуприја, Травничка хроника, Госпођица, Проклета авлија, Омерпаша Латас, медитативне прозе Ex Ponto, Немири, Знакови поред пута, есеја, дневника и путописа. Андрићева дела преведена су на педесет језика.
Andrić received the Nobel Prize for Literature from the Swedish Academy on October 26, 1961. It was presented to him on December 10, at a ceremony in Stockholm, which was attended by Sovereign Gustav Adolf VI and his entourage, as well as the Prime Minister of Sweden and members of the government. The ceremony was also attended by academics, members of the Nobel Foundation, former winners.
The laureate stepped onto the lavish stage of the Concert Hall. Flashes flashed, and rounds of applause spread through the hall. The Secretary of the Swedish Academy, Anders Esterling, PhD, presented the winner for literature: ”Andrić carries a lot of tenderness for people, but he does not shy away from horrors or violence, which in his eyes confirms the reality of evil. He is a writer who is a master of a completely personal, original circle of motives. He opens a yet unknown page of the world chronicle and addresses us from the depths of the tormented national soul of the South Slavs”.
Andrić received a charter with the text of the decision on the award in gold print, a gold medal with the Nobel figure on the obverse, a bas-relief of a young man who writes the singing of the muses under the laurel and his name on the reverse. The laureate also received a check with the amount he donated for the development of librarianship in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ivo Andrić spent most of his life in Serbia and Belgrade, where he spent the Second World War and where he wrote his most significant works.
Expert collaboration: Belgrade City Museum, The Ivo Andrić Foundation
Artistic realization of the issue: MA Anamari Banjac, academic painter