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University of Solitude

The inspirational true story of a young man’s search for truth and freedom amidst games of international espionage.


Six months in Iranian prison, 40 days in solitary confinement, possibility of the death sentence, profound personal transformation, harrowing stories of other prisoners…. This is a book you won’t forget.


Ready? Read a chapter from the University of Solitude to see what the book has to offer.

Chapter 2., Introduction

Chapter 6., Desolation And Disillusionment

Chapter 9., Stories Of Others: The Captain

Reviews from critics

Matej’s time spent in prison turned out to be a gift, not just for him but for all the readers who opened their hearts to his inspirational true story. . . ., book review portal. (See full review)

We can certainly call the University of Solitude a jewel of modern Slovak literature. You won’t find a single empty word in Valuch’s narrative. Not only does the author reveal the numerous dirty practices employed by secret services all around the world, but he also shows us that it‘s possible to get the best out of every difficult situation in our life. . . .

Maria Brišová, book critic from (See full review).

A thrilling narrative enhanced by multiple reflections on life and personal values, which eventually the reader comes to see as the most important part of the book. University of Solitude belongs to those books you should keep on your shelf and read more than once. . . .

Michaela Bačová, book critic from (See full review)

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About the author

A thinker, entrepreneur, and a keen athlete, Matej tries to enjoy living life in harmony with nature, other people, and with himself.

Backpacking a few months every year, he continues his “Studies of Life,“ reflections first begun in solitary confinement while locked behind the gates of an Iranian prison.

He’s often invited to speak in front of readers, students, prisoners, and other groups of people, sharing with the audience his story and lessons he learned in solitary confinement.

He doesn’t have a TV, and he’s a vegetarian. To learn more about him and his work, check the blog.

Want to know more?

– Read about our goals and what we hope to accomplish by publishing University of Solitude, or check our donations-FAQ to discover how we donate all profits made from our book sales.

Meet the team of people behind the publication. Do you wonder what happened to Amir, The Captain, Kim the Spy, Bijan, Pastor Farshid, or the many other heroes from the book? Find out in the Stories of Others.

– Check Matej’s blog and follow our progress as we try to spread our message across the world. Strongly recommended for writers and marketers.

– Or simply read one of the book chapters now, and see what the book has to offer . Thank you, and enjoy!

Chapter 2., Introduction ; Chapter 6., Desolation And Disillusionment ; Chapter 9., Stories Of Others: The Captain

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