Margita Figuli (1909–1995) was a Slovak writer of the naturalist school. Love, compassion, and social problems were dominant themes of her writing. Figuli began her career as an English correspondent at Tatrabanka, but in 1941 she was fired because of the publication of her novel Olovený vták (Bird of Lead, 1940), in which she opposed the German invasion of Poland. From that point until her passing she worked as an independent writer and translator. During her long writing career she published eight books of prose and three books for young readers.