- Slovenia's most prolific writer
- Ivan Cankar (1876-1918)
- Slovenia's most prolific and known writer as the "Master of the written
word" was born the eight child of a poor family. His father deserted the family and his mother
undertook the care of the children by working for the neighbouring farmers.
Benefactors (sponsors)enabled Ivan to study and attend
Universities in Ljubljana and later in Vienna. He became the first Slovenian professional writer and
was also very interested in politics.
- He was a good portrayer and a merciless critic of Slovenian life, He was also a
good poet, but his best writing was in short stories and dramas.
- He published nine collections of short stories. (Za krizom) Behind the Cross is
a selection of short stories based on the unjust social environment with children dying from hunger.
Ivan Cankar's main works are ( Na Clancu - Moje Zivljenje- My
Life, Martin Kacur, -Hlapec Jerney- Servant Jerney. Cankar's dramatic works include satirical
comedies which portrays and ridicules the Slovenian Bourgeoisie that speaks of the prosperity of the
nation, but cares only for itself.
Ivan Cankar in spite of his intelligence and total selfless devotion to Slovenia, was disadvantaged and disregarded by his people,
his work considered to be unworthy by the critics of that era. Although his books were severely
censored they were published unchanged.
His works have been translated
into many languages including Chinese.
Cankar's morals and
ideals were and are to be respected as are the messages conveyed in these three little words.
van Cankar was very religious
who dearly loved his homeland and above all loved his mother.
How wisely our predecessors chose our
namesake -- to remind us of all three
- Mother Mati
- Homeland Domovina
To the many who left their homeland and their families to
migrate to Australia, the person most sorely missed is of course -
The homesickness of countless others who cannot afford the
luxury of a return visit, memories forever remain of our beautiful :
In gratitude for a peaceful existence in Australia thankfulness
and praise are given to our creator:
autobiography shall be the next to be added.
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