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.
I Shall Prevail! Štefánik – The Man of Iron Will
An extremely gripping and interesting view on one of the most fascinating figures of Slovak history – Milan Rastislav Štefánik, a politician, diplomat, astronomer, aviator and general of the French army. One of the three co-founders of Czechoslovakia after WW I.
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
New Eastern Europe – the bimonthly news magazine – published Prof. Josette Baer´s review on Jozef Banáš´s latest historic novel
An Iron Will March 4, 2019 – Josette Baer – New Eastern Europe Prebijem sa! Štefánik. Muž železnej vôle (I shall prevail! Štefánik – a Man of Iron Will). By: Jozef Banáš. Publisher: Ikar, Bratislava, 2018. “Were we not to follow the path of truth and prove worthy of the good and the work you have done on our behalf, we would kill you. Were we to act selfishly in seeking our own prosperity instead of the nations, we would kill you. Were we to search for the meaning of life in material things, in money, food and […]
March 2018, India – a free translation from Hindi: After Dalai Lama and Dan Brown I would like to meet Amol Palekar Renowned Slovak writer visiting Pink City India´s spirituality inspires After leaving politics he made his career as a writer and journalist India has a special place in the heart of the renowned Slovak writer Jozef Banas. He is greatly inspired by Indian culture and civilization and every day he practices yoga to connect with India. Jozef has come to Jaipur to support the launch of the Hindi edition of his book Code 1, […]
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 […]
The Czech edition of Jozef Banáš´s novel “I Shall Prevail! Štefánik” was launched by the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš.
On May 10, 2019 the launch ceremony took place at the Slovak Institute in Prague. This first Slovak novel ever written about the fascinating life of one of the greatest personalities of Slovak history has been translated by Eva Potočná and released by the publishing house Beskydy. Among the guests present at the book launch were the Ambassador of Slovakia to the Czech Republic Peter Weiss, the chairman of the Štefánik Association in the Czech Republic Vojtěch Čelko, the chairman of the World Association of Slovaks Living Abroad Vladimír Skalský, Member of the Czech Parliament […]
On March 1, the popular theatre company Piccolo Teatar premiered Jozef Banáš´s comedy No Comment in the town of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar. The plot of the play is set in times of Napoleonic France where the two main characters, the Minister of Police Fouché and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Talleyrand, compete for the post of Prime Minister. The very topical play has been directed under the title Ministri by Michal Babiak.
A festive evening, great music, honoured guests, but above all many books and excellent authors – these were Ikariáda Awards 2019. Last year´s most successful Slovak authors have been decorated. The largest Slovak publishing house IKAR has traditionally granted the Golden Book and Platinum Book Prizes and the Golden Pen Prize awarded by literary critics. An author receives the Golden Book Prize when his title sells 15,000 copies and more. This year´s winners are Jozef Karika with his novels Tma (Darkness) and Na smrť (Given up to Death), Táňa Keleová-Vasilková with her book Mama (Mom) […]