Born June 10, 1905, in the village of Suhá pod Trnavou; died Mar. 1, 1960. Slovak writer. Born into a peasant family.
Hečko’s first poetry collection, The Migrants (1931), was devoted to the Slovak peasant emigrants. In the novel Red Wine (1948) he described the life of the Slovak peasantry in the first third of the 20th century. The novel The Wooden Village (1951) reflects the socialist transformation of the countryside. The first part of the trilogy The Holy Darkness (1958) is a satire on the clerical-fascist regime in Slovakia during World War II (1939-45). Hečko’s style is characterized by an epic manner of narration, by graphic folk speech, and by humor.
WORKSIn Russian translation:
Dereviannaia derevnia. Moscow, 1957.
Krasnoe vino. Moscow, 1961.
Sviataia t’ma. Moscow, 1961.