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Turist Information Centre Ajdovščina
Cesta IV. Prekomorske 61 A
5270 Ajdovščina

tel.: +386 5 36 59 140

mon - fri: 8.00 - 16.00
sat: 8.00 - 12.00

mon - fri: 10.00 - 18.00
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important personalities

Danilo Lokar (1892 - 1989) - Writer

Danilo Lokar, a writer, born on 9 May 1892 in Ajdovščina, died on 21 July 1989.

Danilo Lokar was the son of Anton Lokar, a leather merchant and a tanner, and Marija Hmelak. He was the eldest of six children and was interested in arts already when attending primary school. During his study at the secondary school in Gorizia (now Italy) he became interested in writing. At that time he published his first short story titled Julka's First Journey (Julkina prva pot).

After graduating from the Gorizia Gymnasium, Lokar enrolled for the University of Vienna in 1910. First he took up romance studies, but later after persuasion of his friends he decided to study medicine. When he graduated from the university, his friendship with Julka Špacapan, his future wife, convinced him to return to Ajdovščina, where he began to work as a physician. In Ajdovščina he made the acquaintance of his fellow countryman, the painter Veno Pilon. He did his specialization in Zagreb, but realized he was not able to perform surgeries due to his poor state of health. This led him to his first conscious decision to become a writer. In 1933 he published his first short story The Dance (Ples) in the literary and cultural magazine Sodobnost (Contemporary Time).

After retiring in 1951, Lokar focused entirely on writing. In 1958 he wrote a collection of short stories titled Doomsday in the Village (Sodni dan na vasi), for which he later received the Prešeren Award, the highest Slovenian prize for artistic achievements.

In his short stories Lokar most often depicts people from the Vipava Valley and its surroundings, especially from the Karst region. Some works contain also essayistic elements, particularly works with artistic topics, mostly those in connection with painting. His writing does not contain typical development stages of the Slovene prose, mainly due to his subjective observation of the world and his connection with expressionism.

Enciklopedija Slovenije 6. Ljubljana: Mladinska knjiga, 1992.
Brecelj, Marijan. Kronološki pregled Lokarjevega življenja in dela. Burja pred tišino. Danilo Lokar. Ljubljana: DZS, 1982.