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. […]

Jozef Banas – the most popular novelist in Slovakia in 2016

On Friday April 7th, 2017, the daily paper Sme brought the wonderful news in its insert Magazín o knihách (The Book Magazine). Readers of the bookstore chain Panta Rhei voted for their favourite author of the year 2016. Jozef Banas placed second right behind Dominik Dán and before another core author of the publishing house Ikar, Jozef Karika. The results were announced during the festive evening Panta Rhei Awards 2016 in Bratislava´s Raffinery Gallery on March 30th. Amongst the female authors another colleague from the publishing house Ikar, Táňa Vasilková Keleová, placed second right behind […]

Jozef Banáš has sold more than a quarter of a million books

Bratislava, November 24th (TASR) – On November 22nd, the author Jozef Banáš passed the threshold of a quarter of a million sold books. This success has been facilitated by his latest novel Kód 7 (Code 7). The year 2016 obviously is one of the most successful years in the author’s career. By the end of the year the overall sales of his books have amounted to more than 200,000 copies released by the publishing house Ikar. And by the end of November, Banáš has received another wonderful news – the total number of sold books […]

The Slovak author Jozef Banáš has a dream of Europe

On May 9th, 2016, the Hungarian PEN Club organized a prestigious roundtable debate in the historic building of the Petöfi Literary Museum in Budapest. The talks were attended by writers from Central European countries such as Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, including Slovakia represented by Jozef Banáš. The debate was led by Mátyás Sárközi, a BBC moderator from London. At the end of the talks, the writers signed an appeal addressed to the citizens of the European Union which stated among other things: “We have to say a clear NO to any attempts aiming at […]

The most translated Slovak novel is Banas’ Jubilation Zone

December 7th, 2015 After the release of the book Idiots in Politics in Arab language in Egypt this August and the novel The Jubilation Zone in Hungary this October, the latter is available for readers in Bulgaria as well. Bratislava/Sofia, December 3rd – The Slovak author Jozef Banáš has achieved another international success this year. After the release of the book Idiots in Politics in Arab language in Egypt this August and the novel The Jubilation Zone in Hungary this October, the latter is available for readers in Bulgaria as well. Banáš´s multiple award-winning novel […]

The Egyptian edition of Idiots in Politics

August 5th, 2015 The satiric book Idioti v politike (Idiots in Politics) from Jozef Banáš has been published by Sefsafa Publishing House in Egypt these days. Following the novels Zóna nadšenia (The Jubilation Zone), Zastavte Dubčeka! (Stop Dubček!) and Kód 9 (Code 9), this title is the next one released abroad. Together with the novel Zóna nadšenia (The Jubilation Zone) published in India in the third most spoken language in the world – Hindi, the release of a book in Arabic – the fifth most spoken language in the world, signifies another Banáš´s breakthrough among […]

Dan Brown meets Jozef Banas

January 21st, 2014, Prague The success of Jozef Banáš´s novel Code 1 – The Secret of the Miracle, which arises extraordinary interest among Slovak readers since its publication in September, has awakened the curiosity of Dan Brown as well. The world famous American writer and author of the bestselling Da Vinci Code visited Prague this week to introduce his newest novel Inferno. In the Czech metropolis, he also met with Jozef Banáš. “A very short, formal and symbolic meeting was planned as he learned about the fact that our literary critics call me the Slovak Dan […]

Jozef Banáš at Book World Prague 2013

June 3rd, 2013 The fair Book World was held in Prague from May 16th till May 19th, 2013. On Thursday May 16th, the fair was officially opened by the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg and the Slovak Minister of Culture Marek Maďarič. The grand opening was attended by esteemed representatives of diplomacy, missions and distinguished institutes for culture and science at home and abroad. The fair was organized by the Association of Czech booksellers and publishers and Svět knihy s.r.o (Book World Ltd.) and took place under the auspices of the Minister of […]

Jozef Banas’ novel has been released in Ukraine

April 4th, 2013 Ukraine has joined the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany and India as another country in which the exceptionally successful novel Zóna nadšenia (The Jubilation Zone) written by Jozef Banas has been published. A release in the USA and in Serbia is being prepared as well. On March 14th, the official introduction of the novel in Ukrainian language took place in the Embassy of Slovakia in Kiev. The event was attended by the Ambassador Pavol Hamžík, the director of the publishing house Timpani Jaroslav Fedyshin, the translator Ivan Jackanin and further significant personalities of […]

Banas´ novel The Jubilation Zone was published in India

January 16th, 2013 The novel was released by the publishing house Samayik Prakashan under the title The Jubilation Zone – Berlin, from the Other Side of the Wall. His novel Zóna nadšenia (Zone of Enthusiasm) was translated into Hindi, the fifth most widely spoken language in the world used by about 380 million people. This is the first translation of a Slovak novel into Hindi. Also for this reason, the Ambassador of India in Slovakia Rajiva Misra gave a reception at the Indian Embassy, which was attended also by the President of Slovakia´s National Council, Pavol Paška. […]