Mira Mihelič was born on 14 July 1912 in Split, (then Austria-Hungary, now in Croatia) as Mira Kramer.  She went to school in Ljubljana and studied law.  She then became a professional writer and translator, and was a long-time member of Slovene and international writers’ societies.

She was married to the painter, France Mihelič , one of the key figures in Slovene painting in the second half of the 20th century, known for his surrealist figurative paintings and prints.

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In 1963, Mira was awarded the Sovre Prize for her Slovene translations of William Faulkner’s Light in August, Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel, and Charles Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers.

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In 1983 she won the Prešeren Award for lifetime achievement.

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Today, Mira is regarded as one of the most noted Slovene literary figures of the 20th century. In 2012, a postal cover was issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of her birth.

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In 2013, she was one of several writers celebrated in a series of TV programmes broadcast to celebrate the  50th anniversary of the Radio Slovenia arts program Ars.

Another Slovene writer, Mimi Malenšek, featured in the first episode …

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Mimi was born in Eberndorf, Carinthia, on the 8th of February 1919. She joined the Slovenian Writers Association in 1947.

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Like Mihelič, Malenšek was a translator, and a prolific writer of mostly historical and biographical novels.

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Mira Mihelič died in Ljubljana on the 4th of September 1985. Mimi Malenšek died in Ljubljana on the 13th of April 2012. RIP

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