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Drago Jančar

Drago Jančar

As a novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and essayist, Drago Jančar (1948) is a central figure in contemporary Slovenian literature. His writing has revealed an artistic power of formulating and expressing ideas that reach far beyond the spiritual and cultural sphere of his native country, making him the most translated Slovenian writer. His novels, essays and short stories have been translated into 21 languages and published in Europe, Asia and the United States. His dramas have also been staged by a number of foreign theatres, while back home they are frequently considered the highlights of the Slovenian theatrical season.


  • “Jančar writes powerful, complex stories with an unostentatious assurance, and has a gravity which makes the tricks of more self-consciously modern writers look cheap [...] Whether they are psychological studies or parables, Jančar reports these episodes with a fine structural balance and, though at times clearly conversing with his literary antecedents, he wears his reading lightly [...] Throughout his stories, Jančar examines the nature of witness, personal, historical and authorial.” Micha Lazarus, Times Literary Supplement
  • “Perpetual relevance is certainly one of Jančar’s unchanging qualities as his works appear to age splendidly well, a good indication of his emerging road to immortality as a classic of world literature.” Alen Širca, Slovenian literary historian, philosopher and translator.

Awards and nominations

  • Grum Award for best Slovenian play 1982, 1985, 1989, 1995
  • Prešeren Award 1993
  • European Short Story Award 1994
  • Herder Prize 2003
  • Jean Améry Prize 2007
  • Premio Hemingway 2009
  • Prix Méditerranée 2009
  • Kresnik Award 1999, 2001, 2011
  • European Prize for Literature 2011
  • Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger 2014
  • Shortlisted for the Angelus Award 2011, 2015
  • Ignazio Silone International Prize 2016
  • Shortlisted for the Yasnaya Polyana Award 2017

Books by Drago Jančar