The collection of poems is divided in three parts, with the second part being dedicated to the author’s trip to Istanbul through Venice, Bosnia and Serbia with descriptions of places and people. Aškerc is especially observant of the Islam, a fascination, that followed him since his times of theology, and of the cultural differences between Christians and Muslims.
Our example is perfectly preserved with original cloth binding.
References: OCLC 455610116 & 255345908.
Anton AŠKERC (1856-1912)
Anton Aškerc (1856-1912) was a prolific Slovenian poet, writer, archivist and amateur and insightful orientalist, who became famous in the late 19th century through his poetry, still widely enjoyed today.
Aškerc chose the profession of a Catholic priest, as it was the only free way for a young man of his background to gain higher education, but was in theological researchers among others also attracted to the Eastern religions and Islam. He had freethinking and progressive ideas, which in the last years distanced him from the Catholic church and from some of his contem poraries.
Anton Aškerc dedicated much of his work to history, especially exploring the early Protestantism and printing of the time, and his travels. He traveled to Istanbul, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev, Tiflis, Vladikavkaz, Jalta and Egypt, and summed up his impressions in the travelogues Izlet v Carigrad (Trip to Istanbul, 1893) and Dva izleta na Rusko (Two Trips to Russia, 1903) as and in collections of poetry Lirske in epske poezije (Lyrical and epic poetry) and Akropolis in piramide. Poetični sprehodi po Orientu (Acropolis and Pyramids. Poetical Walks through the Orient), issued in 1909.