Ivan Cankar (1876-1918) is the greatest Slovenian short story writer and dramatist, a universal representative of Slovenian Modernism.
Cankar was one of the most important European authors at the turn of the century and commented strongly on social, national, and moral issues. Although he followed the most modern European literary trends, his work is genuinely original. Cankar influenced thinking on the Slovenian national question, linking the national emancipation of the Slovenians to a union with the South Slav nations.
His novel Hlapec Jernej in njegova pravica (Farmhand Jernej and His Justice) has been translated into all the world languages. There is a Cankar Museum at Cankar's birthplace in Vrhnika (20 km from Ljubljana), and the Cankarjev dom Cultural and Congress Center opened in Ljubljana in 1981. Cankar's complete works have been published in ten and six volume sets by Cankarjeva zalozba, a publishing house, in Ljubljana.
The current house was constructed in 1880 by new owners and was of the same appearance as is seen today. In the black kitchen, the main room and on the balcony you will see furniture and other items from the late 19th century, which gives us a glimpse of the everyday life of the Cankar family. Today the house is a registered cultural monument and museum.
Na Klancu 1, Vrhnika
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