Anasoft litera

Pavol Rankov  


2009 Finalist and SME Readers’ Award winner


(1964) Poprad 


Studied at the Faculty of Philosophy, Comenius University in Bratislava and worked at the Department of  Bibliography and Scientific Information. He debuted with the book of short stories S odstupom času / After Time, he also published the collections My a oni/Oni a my / Us and Them/Them and Us (2001) and V tesnej blízkosti / In Close Proximity (2004). In 2008 he published the novel Stalo sa prvého septembra (alebo inokedy) / It Happened on the First of September (or Some Other Time) which won the SME Readers’Award. In 2011 his second novel Matky / Mothers (Edition Ryba) was published.

In 1995 he became the laureate of the Ivan Krasko Prize, and in 1997 he won the international award Premio Letterario Internazionale Jean Monnet. He won the Prize of the SME Daily in the competition Poviedka 2001. He also dedicates himself to writing non-fiction.


More detailes on The Centre for Information on Literature webpage.


photo (c) Michal Burza


Stalo sa prvého septembra (alebo inokedy) / It Happened on the First of September (or Some Other Time)




A historical novel set between 1938 and 1968 is a story of three friends trying to win the love of the same woman. The historical events turn their lives into unsteady rowboats swayed by the turmoil of the circumstances: Munich, Vienna Arbitration Awards, World War II, anti-Semitic legislation, German occupation, arrival of the Russian troops at the end of the War, expulsion of Germans and Hungarians, the communist coup d´état in February 1948, political trials in the fifties, efforts of a reform followed by the Soviet occupation in August 1968. It Happened on the First of September (or Some Other Time) is a novel about love trying to overcome the obstacles imposed by the superior powers.





Stalo se prvního září

(nebo někdy jindy)

Czech Republic



Dogodilo se prvog rujna

(i ne samo tada)


Disput d.o.o.


في زمن آخر


Dar Al Hiwar Publishing

and Distributing


Szeptember elsején

(vagy máskor)




Zgodilo se je prvega septembra

(ali pa kdaj drugič)


KUD Sodobnost International



Zdarzyło się pierwszego

września (albo kiedy



Słowackie Klimaty



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