Vladimir Bartol

1903 - 1967

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Vladimir Bartol (24 February 1903 – 12 September 1967) was a writer from the Slovene minority in Italy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vladimir Bartol has received more than 121,591 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Vladimir Bartol is the 1,007th most popular writer (up from 1,325th in 2019), the 1,141st most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,444th in 2019) and the 83rd most popular Italian Writer.

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Notable Works

Zakrinkani trubadur
Mladost pri Svetem Ivanu
Alamut takes place in 11th Century Persia, in the fortress of Alamut, where self-proclaimed prophet Hasan ibn Sabbah is setting up his mad but brilliant plan to rule the region with a handful elite fighters who are to become his "living daggers." By creating a virtual paradise at Alamut, filled with beautiful women, lush gardens, wine and hashish, Sabbah is able to convince his young fighters that they can reach paradise if they follow his commands. With parallels to Osama bin Laden, Alamut tells the story of how Sabbah was able to instill fear into the ruling class by creating a small army of devotees who were willing to kill, and be killed, in order to achieve paradise. Believing in the supreme Ismaili motto “Nothing is true, everything is permitted,” Sabbah wanted to “experiment” with how far he could manipulate religious devotion for his own political gain through appealing to what he called the stupidity and gullibility of people and their passion for pleasure and selfish desires. The novel focuses on Sabbah as he unveils his plan to his inner circle, and on two of his young followers — the beautiful slave girl Halima, who has come to Alamut to join Sabbah's paradise on earth, and young ibn Tahir, Sabbah's most gifted fighter. As both Halima and ibn Tahir become disillusioned with Sabbah's vision, their lives take unexpected turns. Alamut was originally written in 1938 as an allegory to Mussolini's fascist state. In the 1960's it became a cult favorite throughout Tito's Yugoslavia, and in the 1990s, during the Balkan's War, it was read as an allegory of the region's strife and became a bestseller in Germany, France and Spain. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the book once again took on a new life, selling more than 20,000 copies in a new Slovenian edition, and being translated around the world in more than 19 languages. This edition, translated by Michael Biggins, in the first-ever English translation.


Among writers, Vladimir Bartol ranks 1,007 out of 7,302Before him are Edith Wharton, Bertran de Born, Mori Ōgai, Joseph Murphy, Ali Shariati, and Jean Giraudoux. After him are Machado de Assis, Herodian, Juan Antonio Villacañas, Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia, Jussi Adler-Olsen, and Noah Gordon.

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Among people born in 1903, Vladimir Bartol ranks 55Before him are Prince Charles, Count of Flanders, John Vincent Atanasoff, Claudio Arrau, Giulio Natta, The French Angel, and Yisrael Kristal. After him are Alonzo Church, Ernest Walton, Claudette Colbert, Abul A'la Maududi, Eliot Ness, and George Davis Snell. Among people deceased in 1967, Vladimir Bartol ranks 40Before him are Jaroslav Heyrovský, Ossip Zadkine, Totò, John Cockcroft, Harald Quandt, and Ejnar Hertzsprung. After him are Violeta Parra, Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco, Otis Redding, Joseph Pilates, Abdel Hakim Amer, and Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Vladimir Bartol ranks 1,141 out of 5,161Before him are Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (1843), Giovanni Battista Riccioli (1598), Lorenzo Monaco (1370), Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta (1417), William III of Sicily (1185), and Francesco Albani (1578). After him are Ivanoe Bonomi (1873), Carlo Ginzburg (1939), Gillo Pontecorvo (1919), Carlo Rubbia (1934), Constantina (325), and Francesco Geminiani (1687).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Vladimir Bartol ranks 83Before him are Gaius Lucilius (-180), Gnaeus Naevius (-275), Lucius Accius (-170), Rustichello da Pisa (1290), Chiara Lubich (1920), and Quintus Tullius Cicero (-102). After him are Guido Cavalcanti (1258), Persius (34), Giambattista Marino (1569), Titus Pomponius Atticus (-110), Elsa Morante (1912), and Gaius Valerius Flaccus (45).