Boris Pahor made his first guest appearance in the Czech capitalIn the middle of December 2012, the Minister for Slovenians abroad, Mrs. Ljudmila Novak and the famous writer Boris Pahor, visited the Czech capital Prague. Pahor held some lectures for the students, while the minister visited the Slovenian community that lives in the Czech Republic.
During their short two day stay in Prague, Boris Pahor visited the Faculty of Arts Charles University in Prague and met the students of the Slovenian language and the faculty members at the Department of South Slavonic and Balkan Studies. He also met the students who are studying the Slovenian language at the Brno University of Technology, which is one of the Czech Republic’s leading research and teaching institutions and with the students of the University of Pardubice, which is located near Prague. This very active day finished in the Vaclav Havel Library - Knihovna Václava Havla with a speech by the minister Ljudmila Novak and the opening of the exhibition.
Boris Pahor, who will be 100 years old this year, (born 26 August 1913) is a writer and a prominent public figure of the Slovene minority in Italy, and considered to be one of the most influential living authors writing in the Slovene language. Pahor has been nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature by the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is a concentration camp survivor; he is most famous for his literary descriptions of life in the Nazi concentration camps and of life in his native city, Trieste.