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Justice and Redemption

Anthropological Realities and Literary Visions by Ivan Cankar

Irena Avsenik Nabergoj

The book shows Ivan Cankar (1876–1918) as the first Slovenian writer to examine the human conscience, justice, guilt and punishment in a way comparable to Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, and influenced also by the Bible. Given Cankar’s own bitter childhood experience of poverty and his awareness of the ceaseless injustice which rules the world, he has compassion for the wrongdoings carried out by people from lower social realms, especially children, and is all the more critical towards higher classes who cause their suffering. In his last book, Dream Visions, he reveals his experience of the First World War. He encompasses feelings of fear and anguish before death and surpasses them with the faith in redemption of all suffering people.
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The monograph Justice and Redemption: Anthropological Realities and Literary Visions by Ivan Cankar is Dr Irena Avsenik Nabergoj’s third English-language monograph on the work of Ivan Cankar (1876–1918), the greatest Slovenian writer. After Mirror of Reality and Dreams: Stories and Confessions by Ivan Cankar (2008), which deals with Cankar’s moral and social criticism, and The Power of Love and Guilt: Representations of the Mother and Woman in Literature by Ivan Cankar (2013), which presents Cankar’s works about his mother and women, the author’s new book speaks about Cankar’s concept of anthropological reality and his vision of justice and redemption.

This new monograph, which came into being after some fifteen years of intensive studies into Ivan Cankar’s oeuvre, brings into the international arena an even more refined and in-depth knowledge of the author’s work. In Slovenia, Dr Avsenik Nabergoj received a state Zois Award in 2009 for her original research into the author’s works – research that she first evinced in her doctoral dissertation Greh, krivda, kazen in odpuscanje v delih Ivana Cankarja [Sin, Guilt, Punishment and Forgiveness in the Works of Ivan Cankar; Ljubljana: Faculty of Arts, 2004] and then published as the 794-page monograph Ljubezen in krivda Ivana Cankarja [Ivan Cankar’s Love and Guilt. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, 2005]. It was on the basis of her research that the documentary film Ljubezen in krivda Ivana Cankarja [Ivan Cankar’s Love and Guilt] was produced by RTV Slovenija in 2006, directed by Slavko Hren.

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