Vesna Parun was one of the most prominent Croatian poets in the second half of the 20th century. Her deep emotions, pain, thoughts, and warmth…al these were the key ingredients that made her work so unique and relatable. Her hardships through all segments of life emerged in her case into something amazingly beautiful. Let’s hear this story!
Vesna was born on the island of Zlarin in 1922. You could describe her childhood as hard, but that was what influenced her to become the first woman in Croatia who lived exclusively from her literary work. Vesna’s family lived quite hard and modest.
Mother Antica was a native of Šolta island, and father Ante from Prvić island. Her father, a municipal clerk, supported a family of four of their children but often stayed out of work which resulted in a bad financial situation at home. Besides, because of their father’s business, they often moved around the Adriatic coast. Thus, Vesna spent her childhood in Split, Šibenik, and Biograd.
Her education was similar to most of the woman of that time coming from small islands in the Adriatic. She supported herself since the fragile age of 14 while she was going to high school and gave instructions to younger pupils to earn money. In the fall of 1940, as the first year of World War II was passing, she moved to Zagreb where she enrolled the Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences before the beginning of World War II. Soon, her brother went to fight on the partisan side and died in combat. She shortly stopped her studies at the Faculty.