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Ivan Cankar

Slovene writer, playwright, essayist, poet and political activist (1876-1918)

1876   -   1918


genre: poetry, short novel, sketch story, novella
country of citizenship: Austria-Hungary
languages spoken, written or signed: Slovene
occupation: poet, writer, novelist, politician, essayist, playwright, prosaist
influenced by: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ivan Cankar (pronounced [ˈtsaːŋkaɾ], pronunciation ) (10 May 1876 – 11 December 1918) was a Slovene writer, playwright, essayist, poet, and political activist. Together with Oton Župančič, Dragotin Kette, and Josip Murn, he is considered as the beginner of modernism in Slovene literature. He is regarded as the greatest writer in Slovene, and has sometimes been compared to Franz Kafka and James Joyce.
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