Slovene Author in Focus 2011: Drago Jančar
Drago Jančar, born in Maribor, Slovenia, 1948, is the best-known Slovenian writer at home and abroad. He studied Law, worked as journalist, editor and free-lance writer. In time of communist regime he was sentenced for “enemy propaganda”. In l985, he stayed in the USA as a Fulbright fellow, in l988 in Germany. As a President of the Slovenian PEN Center l987-91 he was engaged in rise of democracy in Slovenia and Yugoslavia. Slovenia’s most prominent author has been described as “the seismologist of a chaotic history”. His novels and short stories has been translated and published in many European languages and in USA, his dramas have also seen a number of foreign productions. In l993, he won the Preseren Prize, the highest Slovenian literary award. In 1994, in Arnsberg, Germany he wins the European Short Story Award. In 2003 he was awarded with Herder Prize for literature. Jean Améry Preis for Essays, Frankfurt Bookfair 2007. Premio Hemingway, Lignano, Italy 2009. Premio Mediteraneo for Italian translation of the novel Northern Lights, Cosenza 2009. Now he lives in Ljubljana.
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Novels: The Galley Slave, 1978, Northern Lights, 1984, Mocking Desire, 1994, Katarina, the Peacock and the Jesuit, 2000, The Builder, 2007, The Nameless Tree, 2009, I Saw Her, That Night, 2010.
Books of short-stories: The Pale Sinner, 1978, Death at Mary of the Snows, 1985, The Look of an Angel, 1992, The Man Who Looked into a Tarn, 2006, Joyce’s Pupil, 2008.
Essays: Brioni, 2002; Terra Incognita, 1989; The Broken Pot, 1993, Memories on Yugoslavia, 1991;Disputation Adam Michnik- Drago Jancar, 1993. Fleshpots of Egypt, 1995; A Short Report from a Long Besieged City, 1996, The Soul of Europe, 2006.
Plays: Professor Arnoz and His Followers, l982; The Great Brilliant Waltz, 1985, Stakeout on Godot, 1987, Daedalus, 1988, Hallstatt, 1994, Light Cavalry, 2007, Silently Strikes a Clock, 2009.
“Jancar writes powerful, complex stories with an unostentatious assurance, and has a gravity which makes the tricks of more self-consciously modern writers look cheap