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.
A dogma is nothing but the proof of lack of evidence. Thought-provoking. Surprising. Read more…
The Jubilation Zone will impress you and carry you to a reality where freedom is not taken for granted.
I´ll Break Through! Štefánik – A 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. (English edition available) Read more…
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. Read more…
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. Read more…
The Rat Season
Tells us about life under a totalitarian regime where the most important survival tool is pretense. Shocking. Courageous. Read more…
With each of his books he hits the bull’s eye without mincing words.
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. Read more…
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. Read more…
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. Read more…
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. Read more…
— Literary Weekly / Literárny Týždenník — Hybrid Global Publishing in New York, in cooperation with Global Slovakia, launched the novel Milan Rastislav Štefánik: A Man of Iron Will written by the Slovak author Jozef Banáš and translated by James Sutherland-Smith. The U.S. edition of the story of the greatest figure in Slovak history contains a foreword written by Slovaks Miroslav Musil and Paul Kanis and Americans Kevin J. McNamara and Dr. Michael J. Kopanica, Jr. “I assume this is the first time a Slovak novel has been published in the USA and I consider […]
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, […]
Bratislava, April 11 (TASR) – The novel I´ll Break Through! Štefánik – A man of iron will, written by the Slovak author Jozef Banáš and published by the Slovak publishing house Ikar in 2018, is now included in the recommended literature list for students. Based on three expert reviews by Jana Brišová, Dana Vasilová and Maria Tomková, the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic has decided to award a “Recommendation Clause” to the comprehensive novel about Milan Rastislav Štefánik. It has been included in the catalogue of recommended books for […]
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. […]
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 […]