Drago Jančar Biography
Birthday: April 13, 1948 (Aries)
Born In: Maribor, Slovenia
Drago Jančar is a Slovenian writer and activist. Throughout the splintering of Yugoslavia during the aftermath of the Cold War, his voice has been heard on issues regarding his homeland, although he has never pursued a career in politics. Early on, he espoused freedom of speech while Yugoslavia was still under Communist rule and wrote critically of the current regime while on the student newspaper. He was made to resign. Working for a daily newspaper, he was found guilty of distributing a pamphlet which detailed a massacre by Marshal Tito's forces during World War II, and was sentenced to a year of prison, gaining release after three months. He joined the army, but was persecuted throughout his army career as being a subversive element. His writing experience grew as he worked for a film studio, publishing house, and political journal. Although he was not allowed to publish early in his career, after Marshal Tito's death and gradual liberalization of Yugoslavia his novels, short stories, and plays flourished. In particular, Central Europe boasted of his writing, and his fame spread throughout the world, being translated into 21 languages in Europe, Asia and the United States. Recently, Jancar was a co-founder of the liberal conservative civic platform Rally for the Republic, and currently he works for a major publishing house in Ljubljana.