Jozef Banáš won the Russian National Prize for his novel about M. R. Štefánik

Bratislava, April 6 (TASR) – The Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Slovakia Igor Borisovich Bratchikov congratulated the writer Jozef Banáš on winning the Russian National Prize “Best book and publisher of the year 2020”. Banáš won the first prize in the biography category for the novel Prebijem sa! Štefánik (I´ll break through! Štefánik. A Man of Iron Will), published by the Moscow publishing house M.I.K. An expert jury composed of representatives of the Russian National Library, the weekly Literaturnaja gazeta and the Russian Biographical Institute selected from among 300 domestic and foreign language books. The […]

Slovak bestseller about Christ in the USA

The New York publishing house Hybrid Global Publishing has released one of the best-selling Slovak novels (40,000 sold copies), From Jerusalem to Kashmir: The Secret Life of Jesus in India (original title Kód 1). The novel has also been published in the Czech Republic and in India (by the largest Indian publishing house Rajpal and Sons). After the novels I Shall Prevail! Štefánik and Stop Dubček!, From Jerusalem to Kashmir: The Secret Life of Jesus in India is Banáš’s third novel introduced to the US book market. The foreword is written by Dr. Clint G. […]

Jozef Banáš received a wonderful gift on his name day

On his name day***, the Slovak writer Jozef Banáš received news from India worth celebrating. The publishing house Saar Sansaar in New Delhi has released an extraordinary double edition of his novel “Stop Dubček!” in English and in Hindi. “Alexander Dubček is known in India as a prominent statesman and freedom fighter, we have followed the events of 1968 closely. One of the main boulevards in the diplomatic district of New Delhi is named after him,” says Amrit Mehta, the publisher of the Slovak documentary novel. He adds that the English and Hindi editions of […]

The novel “I´ll Break Through! Štefánik” is on the recommended literature list

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. […]

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) […]