France Bevk Homestead
|Domačija pisatelja Franceta Bevka|
|Zakojca 10, SI-5282 Zakojca|
|Phone||386 (0) 5 372 3180|
|Fax||386 (0) 5 372 3181|
|Managed by||Idrija Municipal Museum|
|Ivana Leskovec, Director|
France Bevk is the author of more than 100 novels and collections of poems. Many have been translated into foreign languages. Before the Second World War he was strongly influenced by expressionism; after his war experience, in which he took an active political role as a Partisan, he devoted himself to social realism. In his later years he largely wrote for children. He twice received Slovenia's most prestigious cultural prize, the Prešeren Award (in 1949 and 1954). After his death, the public library in Nova Gorica was named after him.
Several authentically preserved rooms are on display in the house. The basement has a small stable for one or two cows and a few goats. On the ground floor are a vestibule and a kitchen with a hearth and an inbuilt pig kettle. The main living area is, of course, the place where the family gathered for meals and on long winter evenings. The room was heated by a tiled stove, while the modest shoemaker's corner furnished with a small table, two three-legged chairs and tools reveals that Bevk's father also made and repaired shoes. Adjacent is a small bedroom in which the parents and smallest child slept, and another small room for Bevk's grandparents. After their death, this became France's room. Squeezed in the corner between the last small room and the kitchen is a shed for fodder, litter and tools.
An old, steep staircase still leads up to the attic, which is no longer the room in which Bevk wrote and illustrated his first book as a 12-year-old boy. The attic has been transformed into a large exhibition room displaying documents, photos, books and objects relating to the writer's life and work.
- Bevk's Homestead, Zakojca
- France Bevk Homestead on Idrija Municipal Museum website
- France Bevk and his books on Wikipedia