Josip Vandot

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Josip Vandot
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Born (1884-01-15)15 January 1884
Kranjska Gora, Carniola, Austria-Hungary
Died 11 July 1944(1944-07-11) (aged 60)
Trnjanski Kuti, Independent State of Croatia
Occupation Writer, poet
Nationality Slovene

Josip Vandot (15 January 1884 – 11 June 1944) was a Slovene writer and poet who wrote mainly for young readers.


Vandot was born in Kranjska Gora in Upper Carniola, then part of Austria-Hungary, now in Slovenia. Under the interwar Kingdom of Yugoslavia, he was employed as a railway official in Maribor, from where he was deported to Croatia by the occupying German forces in 1941. He was killed in the Allied bombing of Slavonski Brod in 1944.[1]


Vandot is most famous for the creation of the character Kekec, a brave and clever shepherd boy from the highlands of his home region, the Karavanke and Julian Alps. He wrote three books with Kekec as the main character:

  • Kekec na hudi poti ("Kekec on the Hard Path," 1918)
  • Kekec na volčji sledi ("Kekec on the Wolf Trail," 1922)
  • Kekec nad samotnim breznom ("Kekec Above the Lonely Abyss," 1924)

The Kekec books were adapted into three films about the character, though only the first was a direct adaptation of the first book:


  1. ^ Helga Glušič, Sto Slovenskih Pripovednikov (Ljubljana: Prešernova družba, 1996) ISBN 961-6186-21-3
  2. ^ *Kekec at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ *Srečno, Kekec at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ *Kekčeve ukane at the Internet Movie Database

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