The Brave Adventures of Lapitch

The Brave Adventures of Hlapitch (Croatian: Čudnovate zgode šegrta Hlapića), also known as The Marvellous Adventures of Hlapić the Apprentice, is a 1913 novel by Croatian children's author Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić.

The Brave Adventures of Hlapitch
AuthorIvana Brlić-Mažuranić
Publication date
Published in English
Media typePrint (Paperback)


In the story, a poor young orphan called Lapitch works as the apprentice for the Scowlers - a mean-mannered shoemaker, and his kind-hearted wife. After Master Scowler blames him for the wrong size of a customer's shoes, Lapitch leaves a note and runs away from home. Later joined by Bundaš, the Scowlers' dog, he sets off on a seven-day adventure, during which he meets Gita, a circus performer, and encounters a local thief known as the Black Man.


The novel received its first favorable review in October 1913 from Antun Gustav Matoš, the renowned Croatian writer, and has since received a number of enthusiastic assessments by literary historians, earning it the status of the "premiere Croatian children's novel".[1]

Lapitch has been translated into all of Europe's major languages, as well as in Esperanto, Japanese, Vietnamese, Persian and Bengali among others.[2] The Czech edition of the novel, completed during Brlić-Mažuranić's lifetime, was illustrated by Josef Lada.[3]

Movie adaptation(s) based on the storyEdit

More information about the translations of the novel into foreign languages is available online.[4]


  1. ^ Zima 2013, p. 23.
  2. ^ "Croatian Esperanto Association: One Hundred Years of Activity". Zagreb Tourist Board. 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-18.
  3. ^ Zima 2013, p. 24.
  4. ^ "Čudnovate zgode šegrta Hlapića". Retrieved 2016-01-05.


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