Ksaver Šandor Gjalski

Ksaver Šandor Gjalski (26 October 1854 – 6 February 1935) was a Croatian writer and civil servant.[1]

Ksaver Šandor Gjalski

He was born Ljubomil Babić at Gredice, near Klanjec in Hrvatsko Zagorje[2] into a minor aristocratic family. He finished high school in Varaždin and earned law degrees in Zagreb and Vienna in 1874.[2]

He was involved in politics. In 1906, he was elected into the Croatian Parliament. From 1917 to 1918, he held the post of mayor of the Zagreb county.[1]

He wrote novels, but his best known work is Pod starim krovovima (Under Old Roofs), a collection of short stories in which he described the economic decline of the Croatian aristocracy.[1] His writings were heavily inspired by Turgenev and Šenoa, as well as realism and romanticism in general.[1]

Major worksEdit

His major works are: U novom dvoru (1885), Pod starimi krovovi (1886), U noći (1887), Janko Borislavić (1887), Đurđica Agićeva (1889), Na rođenoj grudi (1890), Osvit (1892), Radmilović (1894), Za materinsku rieč (1902), Dolazak Hrvata (1924), Pronevjereni ideali (1925), etc.


  1. ^ a b c d "Gjalski, Ksaver Šandor" (in Croatian). Miroslav Krleža Institute of Lexicography. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b Milorad Živančević (1971). Živan Milisavac (ed.). Jugoslovenski književni leksikon [Yugoslav Literary Lexicon] (in Serbo-Croatian). Novi Sad (SAP Vojvodina, SR Serbia): Matica srpska. p. 113-114.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)