KUHAR LOVRO – PREŽIHOV VORANC

Lovro Kuhar, the writer whose pen name was Prežihov Voranc, was born on the 10th of March 1893 to poor farmers in Kotlje, where he also spent his childhood years.

Kuhar began publishing his stories in 1909 in the Mir and Domači Prijatelj magazines. In 1914, he was enlisted in the Austrian army but later escaped. He was sentenced for desertion in his absence, and he was Italian captivity for two years, until the end of the war. He returned to his home in 1919 and started working at the Ravne Steelworks factory. After a few years, in 1925, he published his first literary work named Povesti (1925). He was politically active and thus continually persecuted by authorities. From 1930 to 1939, Kuhar was a political emigrant, migrating from Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Athens, and Bucharest to Klagenfurt. Meanwhile, he was imprisoned several times and changed jobs often. During this time, he wrote some of his most famous short stories (Boj na Požiralniku, Jirs in Bavh, Odpustki, and others) and began writing his two great novels in prison, namely Požganica and Dobrdob.

During World War II, specifically in 1943, Kuhar was arrested in Ljubljana and put in prison in Tabor and Šempeter. He was later relocated to Berlin and sent to the Sachsenhausen and Mauthausen concentration camps. After the war, in 1945, he returned to his hometown. He published two novels, a travel journal, and several short stories. He got to live to see Solzice, his last work published in 1949.

Kuhar died in 1950 of exhaustion and illness, and could therefore not live up to his full writing potential.

Learn about this famous writer from Koroška by visiting the Prežihov Voranc Cottage where he lived in his young age, which is a prime example of Koroška's rural architecture.

In the Lovro Kuhar – Prežihov Voranc (1893–1950) Memorial Room at the Dr. Franc Sušnik Koroška Central Library, all national editions and translations of his works into numerous foreign languages are kept safe, as well as the drafts of his monument, the written records on him, and photographic material on his life and work.

Photo:  Dr. Franc Sušnik Koroška Central Library

Reproduced from: Koroška Regional Museum (www.kpm.si)