Zweig’s warning has been published In Slovakia. The popular Slovak author Jozef Banáš translated his essay Before The Storm. Zweig wrote the essay originally titled Vor dem Sturm in 1915.

Bratislava, December 14, 2019 The bestselling Slovak writer Jozef Banáš, whose books have been published in 13 languages, now ranks himself among translators. The largest Slovak publishing house Ikar has presented his translation of the essay Before The Storm written by the Austrian author Stefan Zweig. Slovakia is thus the first country beside Zweig’s home country Austria where this still rather unknown essay has been published. The Austrian journalist Franz Eder has introduced the book to the present audience. „As if Jozef Banáš has sensed that the time is ripe to spread these warning words. […]

Jozef Banáš is awarded together with Rudolf Schuster, former President of the Slovak Republic

In Bojnice on November 22, 2019. This year´s Ladislav Ťažký Golden Pen Award goes to the former Slovak President Rudolf Schuster and the writer Jozef Banáš. They have received the prizes from the citizens association Benedikt in the Golden hall of the Bojnice castle in Slovakia. The former President has been awarded for literary works published up until now. “I feel honoured. The Golden Pen award is named after Ladislav Ťažký with whom I have experienced many memorable moments. I remember him fondly as a person with exemplary qualities as a writer as well as […]

The novel about Štefánik has won his author Jozef Banáš the Slovak „Nobel Prize“ for Literature

Press Agency of the Slovak Republic, June 19, 2019 “I am deeply moved to have been awarded a prize which significant personalities of Slovak literature have received, such as Milan Rúfus, Rudo Sloboda, Pavel Vilikovský, Anton Hykisch, Anton Baláž. It is of great honour and pleasure for me,” Jozef Banáš said for the Slovak Press agency. On Wednesday June 19, 2019 the Literary Fund (LF) awarded prizes for literary works that had been published in the previous year. 77 original Slovak literary pieces including poetry, prose, drama, literature for children and young readers, non-fiction, scientific […]

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 […]

Jozef Banáš´s theatre comedy premiered in Croatia

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.

The names of the most successful Slovak writers in 2018 have been revealed

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) […]

The new historic epic about World War I. written by Jozef Banáš has reached the bookstores in Slovakia right on time – 100 years after the end of the war.

One of the bestselling and most translated Slovak authors considers his newest work to be a motivational novel. Bratislava, October 2, 2018 – In Bratislava´s church Klarisky, the Handbell Ensemble Košariská-Priepasné has welcomed the newest literary work about Milan Rastislav Štefánik by performing Beethoven´s Ode to Joy. I Shall Prevail! Štefánik – The Man of Iron Will (published by Ikar) offers the life story of the most significant man of the Slovak nation written by Jozef Banáš. “I have researched intensely for about three and half years reading through 62 books in five different languages. […]

The novel Code 1 has entered the Indian market

The publishing house Rajpal and Sons seated in New Delhi, India, has released the Hindi edition Jerusalem Se Kasmir Tak of Jozef Banas´ novel Code 1. The publishing house, established in 1912, is one of the largest and eldest in India. It publishes prominent domestic and foreign authors such as Jiddu Krishnamurti, the most significant spiritual teacher of 20th-century India, Ruskin Bond, Jaswant Singh, Dalai Lama, Benazir Bhutto, Abdul Kalam, the President of India, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the Splading Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics at University of Oxford, Amritlal Nagar, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of […]

Jozef Banáš´s novel Jubilation Zone has arrived on the Turkish book market

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 […]

Code 1 in Czech translation

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.