Professors and pupils of the Secondary School “Ivo Andrić” from Visegrad laid flowers today on the memorial of Iva Andrić near the Bridge on the Drina and on the monument in Andrićgrad, on the occasion of the School Day and 126 years since the birth of the Nobel Prize winner.
Acting Director of the Secondary School Center “Ivo Andrić” Divna Vasić said that Andrić always had a strong relationship with the city of his childhood and a high school.
“After the Second World War, Andrić visited Višegrad three times, and in 1955, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the publishing house “Svjetlost” and the publication of the novel “The Woman from Sarajevo”, he received a 200,000 dinars prize, which he donated to the Višegrad Gymnasium for procurement, according to his words, books and equipment,” said Vasić.
She pointed out that when he was for the last time in Višegrad in 1972, Andrić addressed students and professors, saying that he seemed to have never left here, to belong here and with a clear message that everybody had to work, learn and read.
Ivo Andric was born on October 9, 1892 in Travnik, and his childhood from 1894 to 1903 was spent with aunt Ana and aunt Ivan Matkovšik in Višegrad.
He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. He died on March 13, 1975 in Belgrade.