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Biography[ edit ] Smole was born in Ljubljana in what was then the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. He later returned to Ljubljana and worked as stage director at the Slovene Youth Theatre and later at the Drama Theatre. Smole belonged to the so-called Critical generation , a group of talented young intellectuals, mostly from Ljubljana, who tried to challenge the rigid and repressive cultural policies of the Titoist regime in Slovenia.
For some years he worked as a manual worker, in protest against the regime repression of free speech, but later dedicated to writing. During this time he maintained strong contacts with the dissident poet and thinker Edvard Kocbek , who strongly encouraged him to pursue his literary career.
Smole spent most of his life in Ljubljana, working as a free-lance writer most of his life. Work[ edit ] Smole was not a prolific writer: he did not create a large oeuvre, but his works are nevertheless regarded as the peak of modern Slovene literature.
He was a crucial collaborator of the literary and cultural magazines that struggled to open a space for public debate in Communist Slovenia in the s. He employed the same scheme in his most important poetic play, Antigona Antigone , written in The play has also been translated into English. Already during his lifetime, he was acclaimed for his refined expression and frequently referred to as a master of style. His works echo the existentialist issues of contemporary modern literature.
His literature can be read both as a critical account of totalitarian reality, as well as a global metaphor on the tragic essence of the human condition. Vilenica, Slovene Contemporary Literature Collection.
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