Feb 13, 2012

Slovakia FDC on "Jonáš Záborský (1812 – 1876)"

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Jonáš Záborský (1812 – 1876)

Date of Issue : 3 February 2012

Jonáš Záborský was born in a small noble family in Záborie near Martin on 3 February 1812. He decided to study theology and graduated in 1834. He became an Evangelic priest, but converted to Catholicism in 1842 and then he worked as a Catholic priest. He died on 23 January 1876 during a cholera epidemic.

The greatest contribution of Jonáš Záborský to Slovak culture is his literary work. He entered the world of literature shortly after he had finished his theological studies with classicist fables and collections of poetry. The most important part of his work is a picaresque, grotesque prose, in which he deals with the problem of contrast of abstract standards and the reality of life. He wrote a number of difficult plays, which were difficult to be staged. These plays dealt mainly with early history of the Slovaks, Serbs as well as history of Russia after the death of Ivan the Terrible (the so-called “Lžidimitriády”). His most important historical works include extensive “Dejiny Uhorského kráľovstva od začiatku do čias Žigmundových” (History of the Kingdom of Hungary from the beginning to the times of Sigismund).

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