READING IN / Cankar in Ljubljana

Born into difficult circumstances, Cankar’s work throughout his career (in a range of genres, including plays, poems, short stories, and novels) remained focused on exploring fundamental human concerns such as morality, conscience and justice.


Ivan Cankar is often regarded as one of the greatest Slovenian writers and the father of modern Slovenian literature and theatre. Born in 1876 to a poor family in a town outside Ljubljana, Cankar began writing when young and later attended the University of Vienna, where he was influenced by European literature and movements of the age. He continued writing stories, essays and plays until his death in 1918 and also became an active proponent of Slovene culture and identity during Yugoslav nation-building efforts at the beginning of the twentieth century.


From “A Cup of Coffee”

As translated by Louis Adamie, available here.


From “Children and Old Folk”

As translated by Helen P. Hlacha, available here.


From “Children and Old Folk”

As translated by Helen P. Hlacha, available here.


From Martin Kačur: The Biography of an Idealist

As translated by John K. Cox.


From an 1898 letter to Anica Lušin

As cited in Mirror of Reality and Dreams: Stories and Confessions by Ivan Cankar by Irena Avsenik Nabergoj.


From notes to Tales from St. Florian’s Valley

As cited in Mirror of Reality and Dreams: Stories and Confessions by Ivan Cankar by Irena Avsenik Nabergoj.


Photos : Ljubljana, Slovenia / June 2016


See also:

Slovenia Dossier

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