15 January 1884|
Kranjska Gora, Carniola, Austria-Hungary
|Died||11 July 1944
Trnjanski Kuti, Independent State of Croatia
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.
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:
- Kekec (1951)
- Srečno, Kekec (1963) ("Good Luck, Kekec") – the first Slovene colour film
- Kekčeve ukane (1968) ) ("Kekec's Wiles")
- Media related to Josip Vandot at Wikimedia Commons