The Serfs (play)

The Serfs is a satirical play by Ivan Cankar; the Slovene title is Hlapci.[1]


In 1907, an election took place in Austro-Hungary.[2] After the clerical-conservative victory, Cankar, a renowned Slovenian writer and playwright, wrote this play condemning the "serevants" that the people are; naming them "serfs".


The play was censured by the Austro-Hungarian government over strikes regarding over 60 points in the text. Thus, the play was first conducted in 1919.[3]


  1. ^ d.o.o, Arctur. "Hlapci". Retrieved 2020-12-18.
  2. ^ "Austria - Last years of peace". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2020-12-18.
  3. ^ "Ivan Cankar, Hlapci (drama v petih aktih)". Retrieved 2020-12-18.

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