Ivan Cankar: (1876-1918) Slovenian writer and playwright
Born in Vrhnika,
During a time of social and political upheaval in the late nineteenth century, Cankar became a political activist and was imprisoned for his criticism of the Austrian regime. He became briefly involved in the Yugoslav Social Democratic Party and in 1907 ran for parliament, but was not elected. In 1913, he delivered a speech to further a Yugoslav federal republic titled, “Slovenes and Yugoslavs”, advocating that both peoples should have national autonomy. (Plut-Pregelj, Leopoldina and Carole Rogel, Historical Dictionary of Slovenia, p.32-3, 1996).
He is perhaps best known for his short stories, novels, dramas, and poems. “Ivan Cankar has been called ‘the outstanding master of Slovenian prose’ and his works, notably The Ward of Our Lady of Mercy and The Bailiff Yerney and His Rights, influenced a generation of young Slovenian writers.” His collected works were edited by Izidor Canker in 20 volumes. (Lonely Planet publications)
“The bronze head of Ivan Cankar in the Jugoslav
Garden is the work of Rudolph Mafko, the only
Slovene sculptor in the
The New Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th Edition. Vol. 2, p. 803, 2002.
Plut-Pregelj, Leopoldina and Carole Rogel, Historical Dictionary of