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Vyšný Kubín (Hviezdoslav's House)

This shows the end of the house in which the most prominent Slovak poet, Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, was born. The mostly wooden building burned down and painter Ľudovít Fulla depicted what remained of it in 1921.

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This shows the end of the house in which the most prominent Slovak poet, Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, was born. The mostly wooden building burned down and painter Ľudovít Fulla depicted what remained of it in 1921. Nowadays, only a modest memorial stands on this place in Vyšný Kubín, though a huge commemoration to the poet was planned during the 1960s. Fortunately, the showy project never materialised, but the town has since been left without an adequate monument.

Hviezdoslav's vocabulary was endlessly rich and full of anachronisms and neologisms that have made translating his poetry particularly challenging. Nonetheless, he worked his whole life as an attorney, apart from the time he spent in his native Orava region.


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