Once you finish reading his book you want more.

Prof. Dr. Josette Baer Zurich University, Switzerland

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 Soviet 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.

Peter Sasín Motivational speaker, Slovakia

Code 9

A breathtaking journey in quest for harmony in the world. Mysterious. Deep-going.

Code 1

A dogma is nothing but the proof of lack of evidence. Thought-provoking. Surprising.

Code 7

Bhutan – a place where happiness is the greatest wealth. Inspirational. Motivating.

The Jubilation Zone will impress you and carry you to a reality where freedom is not taken for granted.

Tomas Fojtik Literary critic, Prague, Czech Republic

Jubilation Zone

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.

Stop Dubcek!

The story of the man who annoyed the powerful. The life of Alexander Dubcek - the leader of the Prague Spring movement in socialist Czechoslovakia in 1968 retold in a captivating novel.

The Rat Season

Tells us about life under a totalitarian regime where the most important survival tool is pretense. Shocking. Courageous.

Velestur

The Man rises and falls, never gives up and learns from his own mistakes in order to find his true meaning of life. The story takes you on a path towards bliss.

With each of his books he hits the bull’s eye without mincing words.

Juraj Soviar Poet and text writer, Slovakia

Dementi

A sparkling demotivational report on the state of affairs in today's Slovak society. Satirical comments and essays that will make you burst out laughing. Poignant and witty.

Idiots in Politics

"The best way to succeed in politics is by having no opinion at all. If you don't have any opinion, you don't take the risk of having a wrong opinion." Banas' political satire is eye-opening and amusing.

Last Infidelity

A collection of short stories that will touch your heart. True events from everyday lives. Moving.

A Day Till Eternity

For long Jozef has carried these poems in his soul and hidden them in drawers. Finally, he presents them to you in an exquisite collection. Level-headed and hotly heartened.

Slovak-Czech Conversations

Two voices - two nations represented by two writers sharing their wisdom in a discourse.

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Which Slovak books rank among the most-translated?

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 […]

Prime Russian Magazine interviews Jozef Banas

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, […]

Slovak bishops would chase Christ away

December 19th, 2013 German speaking monthly “Neue Pressburger Zeitung” comments the novel Code 1 NEUE PRESSBURGER ZEITUNG Politics and society “Slovak bishops would chase Christ away” Christoph Thanei In his newest book, the Slovak bestselling author Jozef Banáš tangles with the Roman Catholic Church leaders. Since September 12th this year, when Jozef Banáš´s new novel Code 1 was published on the Slovak market, the book has become the topic of many heated discussions. The documentary novel Code 9, which was published three years before and sold almost 36,000 copies – an incredible number as for […]

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The Russian edition of Banas’ novel The Jubilation Zone has been launched

The most translated Slovak novel the Jubilation Zone has scored another international success. The book written by the award-winning author, Jozef Banas, has been introduced to the Russian market this week. On May 30th, the novel was launched at the Slovak Institute in Moscow. “In the presence of the translators Alla Maskova and Ludmila Sirokova, the book was introduced by the editor-in-chief of the publishing house MIK Moscow, Jelena Parskova and the director of the publishing house Ikar Valeria Malikova,” Jozef Banas confirms. The director of the Slovak Institute, Jan Smihula, appreciates that after a […]

The most popular Slovak man in the Czech Republic launched the Czech edition of Idiots in Politics

On Thursday May 18th, 2017, a festive atmosphere reigned in the Slovak Cultural Center in Prague. The Czech edition of Banas´ bestseller Idiots in Politics released by the publishing house Beskydy was launched by the most popular Slovak man in Czechia, the Vice Prime Minister of the Czech government and Minister of Finance Andrej Babis. Among the guests were the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic in Prague Peter Weiss and the director of the Slovak Cultural Center Vladimir Valovic. The book was sent on its course in an untraditional way – with a song. The present […]

Jozef at the 2017 Cairo Literature Festival

In February this year, the third round of the Cairo Literature Festival organized by Sefsafa Culture and Publishing took place. It welcomed eighteen writers from sixteen countries – Syria, Egypt, Germany, Canada, Turkey, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Sudan, USA, Austria, The Netherlands, Great Britain and Iraque.   Slovak literature was represented by Jozef Banas who participated in two discussion panels.   The meet-the-author and reading session for students of the Bohemian and Slovak Studies at the Faculty of Languages of the largest Egyptian University Ain Shams was led in a truly familiar atmosphere. […]

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