Vladimir Bartol

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Vladimir Bartol

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born
in San Giovanni, Slovenia
February 24, 1903

died
September 12, 1967

gender
male


About this author

Bartol was born on February 24, 1903 in San Giovanni (Slovene: Sveti Ivan), a suburb of the Austro-Hungarian city of Trieste (now in Italy), as the third child of seven children of a middle class Slovene family. His father Gregor Bartol, was a post office clerk, and his mother Marica Bartol Nadlišek was a teacher, a renowned editor and feminist author. Vladimir's parents offered their children extensive education. His mother introduced him to painting, his father to biology. In his autobiographical short stories, Bartol described himself as an oversensitive and slightly odd child with a rich fantasy life. He was interested in many things: biology and philosophy, psychology, art, as well as theatre and literature. As a scientist, he collecte...more


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More books by Vladimir Bartol…
“That's for the best. Otherwise they might realize they're in prison. It can't be helped. You women are used to harems and prisons. A person can spend his whole life between four walls. If he doesn't think or feel that he's a prisoner, then he's not a prisoner. But then there are people for whom the whole planet is a prison, who see the infinite expanse of the universe, the millions of stars and galaxies that remain forever inaccessible to them. And that awareness makes them the greatest prisoners of time and space.”
Vladimir Bartol, Alamut

“There's one other thing I'd like to remind you of, my dear. There've been many times when you've sworn to me that after all that life has dealt you, it was no longer possible for you to believe in anything. I replied that both life and my studies had led me to the same conclusion. I asked you, 'What is a person permitted, once he's realized that truth is unattainable and consequently doesn't exist for him?' Do you remember your answer?"
"I do, ibn Sabbah. I said something like this: 'If a person realized that everything people call happiness, love and joy was just a miscalculation based on a false premise, he'd feel a horrible emptiness inside. The only thing that could rouse him from his paralysis would be to gamble with his own face and the face of others. The person capable of that would be permitted anything.”
Vladimir Bartol, Alamut

“سيلج الفدائيون معرفة سرية. سأعلمهم بأن القرآن كتاب مفعم بالألغاز، ويجب أن يفسر بواسطة مفتاح، وإذا ما أظهروا بأنهم جديرون من الاقتراب من المرتبة النهائية، فسوف نكشف لهم عن المبدأ المدهش الذي يحكم صرحنا كله: لا شيء حقيقي وكل شيء مباح”
Vladimir Bartol, Alamut

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