Cankar on Cankar Festival
From the Good Times (1898–1907)
Ivan Cankar’s Letters to Anica Lušinova
Selection, dramatisation: Ivo Svetina
Cankar first love interest was Anica Lušinova, a sweet girl with a mutilated right arm. He started writing her letters in the summer of 1898, when he was staying in Pula for a number of months. He was twenty-two and she was seventeen; he was translating Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and writing Romantic Souls, his first play. Cankar’s letters display great literary quality and include a series of allusions, even verbatim sentences from the works he was focusing on at the time.
Svetina’s dramatisation received its premiere on 16 June 1976.