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AVANT-GARDE THEATRE: Hlapec Jernej in njegova pravica [The Bailiff Yerney].


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Small 8°: 51 pp. with illustrations within text, [2] text and illustrations, original black and white wrappers (wrappers with small staining and foxing, light foxing to the edges, very light folds in the margins of the last part of the book, otherwise in a good condition).


An uncommon booklet is an avant-garde theater play, based on a revolutionary short novel about a worker Yerney. It was adapted for the stage by Ferdo Delak (1905-1968), who also designed the set and the book, and directed the play. The illustrations of the posters and stage set were made by Ljubivoj Ravnikar. Delak, who studied in Ljubljana, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Prague and Salzburg, was a pioneer of a Slovenian avant-garde and a founder of a modern theater Mladi oder (Young Stage) and the magazine Tank

The Bailiff Yerney (and His Right) was a short story by a Slovenian writer Ivan Cankar (1876-1918) from 1907 on a simple worker, who is deprived of his savings after the retirement. After seeking justice through the legal and church system without success, he burns down the house of his previous employees. The angry mob pushes him into the fire, which turns red, a symbol for the revolution, which could be salvation for the working class. 

Needless to say, the story was very popular between the left-wing artist and under post WWII Yugoslavia. Among others the pay was translated into German and Esperanto.
Worldcat only records a copy in the University of Chicago Library in the libraries outside Slovenia, which holds 10 copies. 


References: OCLC 442467647.

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