|rago Gervais (Žerve) was born in Abbazia (now Opatija) on April 18, 1904, a descendant of a French soldier who arrived during Napoleon's occupation, His father, Artur, was born in Severin na Kupi in the Gorski kotar region and was a music teacher. His mother Klementina was a native from Opatija. He had a sister named Blanka.||
poet and playwright
born in Abbazia
|In 1918 because of Italian annexation of
Istria he moved with his family to Bakar. In 1922 he graduated from the
Sušak school (lycee) and went to study at the Law School in Zagreb. During
his study he started to collaborate (or write?) for the Trieste magazin
Naš Glas where he published his first two poems Iz Improvizacija
and Mi. After his second year of studies he transferred to the Ljubljana Law School, but finished his senior year in Zagreb.
Soon after his diploma he moved to Crikvenica where he found a job in
a local law firm. The following year, he published his first collection of
Čakavski stihovi. He later worked in Bjelovar and Belgrade where he
spent the World War II years.
After the war he returned to Istria but then went back to Belgrade where he worked for the state news agency Tanjug and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but soon went back to Rijeka were he became the director of Rijeka's Croatian National theater Ivan Zajc. He remained in this position until his sudden death in a car accident near Sežana on July 3, 1957. (wasn't he defecting from Communist Yugoslavia and the circumstance of his death deemed suspicious?).
Some of Gervais poetry has also been set to music. A literary award was named in his honor in Rijeka.
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