Bratko Kreft (essay date 1968)
SOURCE: A preface in The Bailiff Yerney and His Rights, translated by Sidonie Yeras and H. C. Sewell Grant, Dražvna Založba Slovenije, 1968, pp. v-xviii.
[In the following essay, Kreft considers the artistic and political significance of Bailiff Yerney and His Rights, calling the work Cankar's masterpiece.]
The artistic value of a literary creation or of any other work of art does not depend on its author's origin. It does not matter whether he belongs to a great, powerful nation or to a small, almost unknown one. History gives us many examples confirming that truth. One of them is certainly the work of Ivan Cankar (1876–1918). Ivan Cankar is a classical...
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