Once you finish reading his book you want more.
Ever since Jozef Banas turned to writing full time in 2006, the popularity of his books has been on a constant rise. His creative home is Slovakia, a country with a population of five million seated right in the middle of Europe. Every year Banas publishes a new literary piece. His works include the #1 bestselling novels Code 9 and its sequel Code 1 about the life of Jesus in India which has become the subject of heated debate among readers. His documentary novel Jubilation Zone is the most translated Slovak literary work. With more than 270,000 sold copies, statistically every eighth household in Slovakia owns one of Banas’ books. The community of his readers is growing fast at home as well as abroad. His books have been published in ten languages including Russian, German, Hindi and Arabic.
Having grown up in communist Czechoslovakia and witnessed the Warsaw Pact invasion in the late 60s as well as the fall of the communist regime 20 years later, Banas draws on his years of experience in business, diplomacy and politics. He intrigues the reader by skilfully combining fact and fiction, bringing him close to real events through a gripping story. His books fascinate, motivate and provoke, their humor makes one laugh, their authenticity astounds and mystic atmosphere thrills. All of his works, though dealing with different social, political or religious themes, have one in common: the insatiable quest for the truth. Banas does not buy any smooth talk, he looks behind the scenes pointing to hypocrisy, raising questions that take the reader by surprise.
Jozef Banas has been awarded several prestigious prizes for his literary works including movie scripts and theatre plays. In 2011, his novel Jubilation Zone entered the finals of the German Johann-Gottfried-Seume literary competition.
Banas is currently at work on a new motivational novel inspired by the life of Milan Rastislav Stefanik.
He is a master of motivational novels.
The Jubilation Zone will impress you and carry you to a reality where freedom is not taken for granted.
A dramatic story of friendship and love set in Europe´s turbulent events of the second half of the 20th century. Based on true occurrences, fascinating.
The Rat Season
With each of his books he hits the bull’s eye without mincing words.
Idiots in Politics
The Donkey Is Swiss
Humour wrapped up in short reflections, aphorisms, essays, jokes, stories, poems, dialogues, sayings, morals and witty illustrations by the renowned Slovak artist Ivan Popovic and his son.
A Day Till Eternity
In its August 2017 issue, the monthly periodical of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) published Jozef Banáš´ short story Messi´s Miracle (Messiho zázrak) in which the author pays tribute to the nurse Peggy at the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the Kramáre Hospital in Bratislava and to the football player Lionel Messi. The thrilling story is part of the collection Last Infidelity (Posledná nevera) of which nearly ten thousand copies have been sold. The director of the magazine Fútbol, Luis Arnáiz Arizmendi, personally expressed his gratitude to the Slovak author writing: “It is an […]
Czech, Hungarian, Russian as well as Turkish, Arabic or Latvian – these are all languages into which Slovak literary works have been translated. Let’s just say it clearly: Some Slovak books are only good as a free supplement to a feminine magazine or as heating material. The fact that popular stories are often mere junk without artistic value, fortunately, does not define the whole of literature. Original Slovak fiction can pride itself on works that have achieved success in the world and received international awards. As the Slovak book market offers a huge assortment of imported […]
April 28, 2016 Jozef Banáš seems to be the voice of Slovak writers beyond Slovakia´s borders. After being interviewed by the media in Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary, now the bi-monthly Prime Russian Magazine has asked him for an interview. What an honour for Jozef Banáš to find himself in the company of the world´s prominent intellectuals, top managers, analysts, writers, scientists such as Robert Kaplan, Robert Lawrence Kuhn, Vladimir Levin, Frank Pascal, Ben Goldacre, Victor Tambone, Nils Christie, Dmitry Bondarenko, Pavel Krusanov, Richard Castelli, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Nate Silver and many more. Now, […]
On February 15, the book launch took place in Ankara in the famous Ankara Palace – the seat of the former President Mustafa Kemala Atatürk. Jozef Banáš has achieved another international success. His novel Jubilation Zone describing the dramatic events in Central Europe in the years between 1968 and 2008 has been released by one of the country´s five largest publishing houses Destek Istanbul under the title Behind The Curtain (Perde Arkasi). On February 15, the title was introduced to the Turkish book market, the launch taking place in the famous Ankara Palace – the […]
In December 2017, the largest publishing house in the Czech Republic Euromedia Praha brought out one of the most successful novels written by Jozef Banáš, Code 1 translated by Robert Pirchl. The novel depicting the lives of Jesus Christ and the apostle Thomas in India sold 37,000 copies by the end of 2017.
Bratislava, December 7, 2017 Before the end of the year, a new book written by the popular Slovak writer Jozef Banáš has been introduced to the domestic book market. Short reflections, aphorisms, essays, jokes, stories, poems, dialogues, sayings, morals. Illustrations by the father and son duo, Ivan and Dávid Popovič, complement all of this perfectly. Let us introduce Jozef Banas´ new, fifteenth book The Donkey Is Swiss. Why such an unusual title? Right on the first pages we find the answer to this question from a story based on a true occurrence which happened in […]