Šenoa Days in Zagreb

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The Šenoa House will be hosting a number of events November 14 – December 13.

Do you know that 182 streets in Croatia bear the name of the great author?

Rightfully so – he was one of the most popular Croatian authors of all time and his works are one of the most interesting ways for you to explore Croatian history – Goldsmith’s Gold, Pirates of Senj and Peasants’ Revolt are his most popular novels, which, together with his other numerous other works, earned him the title of the Father of Croatian Novel, as well as the creator of modern national literature.

He incorporated elements from the national history into his novels and combined them with modern events at the time, depicting important events that transformed the Croatian history, but on an individual level. He wanted to show how these big events affected the lives of regular, common people. He criticised the society and how it treated its marginalised members and he combined national romanticism with realistic portrayals of the petite bourgeois class.

Šenoa is still very much present in Zagreb – you can see him leaning against a post at Vlaška Street and his Dora Krupićeva is located right above the Stone Gate.

A month of events celebrating the great author will start on his birthday, November 14, and end on the anniversary of his death, on December 13.

The Programme:

  • November 14 – 5 p.m.
    Exhibition opening: Šenoa’s manuscripts
  • November 15 – 6 p.m.
    August Šenoa and the Czechs: a lecture by Marijan Lipovac, president of the Croatian-Czech Society
  • November 16 – 6 p.m.
    The Faces of August Šenoa: a lecture by Vinko Brešić, PhD, literary historian.
  • November 24 – 6 p.m.
    August Šenoa and the Glagolythic Alphabet: a lecture by Darko Žubrinić, PhD
  • November 29 – 6 p.m.
    The Petrified Wedding: a puppet show using original puppets from the Šenoa family heritage.
  • December 5 – 6 p.m.
    Harmonious Sounds for Šenoa: a concert by Academy of Music students
  • December 9 – 5 p.m.
    Goldsmith’s Gold – A Story: the love story from the first Croatian historic novel told in a special way
  • December 12 – 12 p.m.
    I Am Zagreb’s Son: A guided tour of Zagreb in Šenoa’s paths, guided by a character from his novel, Teacher Branka
  • December 13 – 6 p.m.
    Homage to August Šenoa: An evening of Matica Hrvatska at The Šenoa House.

The Šenoa House is located at 27 Ive Mallina Street in Zagreb, and it is open Mon – Friday, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Find out more about the event here.



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