May 29, 1830|
Mengeš, Austrian Empire (now Slovenia)
|Died||July 14, 1905
Novo Mesto, Austria-Hungary (now Slovenia)
Janez Trdina (29 May 1830–17 June 1905) was a Slovene writer and historian. The renowned author Ivan Cankar described him as the best Slovene stylist of his period. He was an ardent describer of the Gorjanci Hills and of the Lower Carniolan region in general. Trdina Peak (Slovene: Trdinov vrh, Croatian: Sveta Gera), the highest peak in the Gorjanci range on the border between Slovenia and Croatia, was named for him in 1923.
Trdina was born in Mengeš in the northern Carniola, then part of the Austrian Empire. He attended school in Ljubljana and studied history, geography, and Slavic philology in Vienna. He worked as a teacher in Croatia, in Varaždin and in Rijeka. In 1867, he was retired on charges of misleading students with his radical liberal political views. He moved to Bršljin near Novo Mesto, and later to the town itself.
Trdina travelled widely across the southeastern Carniola, compiling notes on the life and customs of local people. His notebooks were filled with folk sayings, folk tales, anecdotes, and customs. Trdina edited them in an emphasized realistic, even naturalistic manner, rejecting the Romantic vision of an idyllic countryside. In 1882, he published these notes in a volume titled Bajke in povesti o Gorjancih (Tales and Stories of the Gorjanci Hills).
- "Janez Trdina". City Municipality of Novo Mesto. Retrieved 2008-09-19.
- Helga Glušič, Sto Slovenskih Pripovednikov (Ljubljana: Prešernova družba, 1996) ISBN 961-6186-21-3
- Slovene Post Office site on the occasion of issuing a stamp of Trdina in 2005
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