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

In 2012, Matej Valuch, a naive but idealistic businessman from Slovakia, became the unwitting pawn in covert intelligence games played between the United States and Iran.

Iranian police arrested him without warning at his hotel in Tehran and detained him inside Iran’s infamous Evin Prison. Facing the harsh conditions of solitary confinement, the possibility of the death sentence, and loss of his ideals, Matej must try to survive so that he can understand what actually happened to him, and why. . . . .

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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 in Slovak)

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 in Slovak).

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 in Slovak)

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The Truth

Intelligence agencies use young businessmen in their undercover operations and do not care about the life (or death) of their chosen victim. Because Matej was fortunate enough to survive his ordeal, he decided to share his story.

Prison, or a School of Life?

Very few places or situations can teach you more than solitary confinement. Let yourself be inspired by Matej’s authentic account of his struggle (and eventual victory) as he endured his traumatic imprisonment. . . . See reviews.

Support People in Need

All profit from the sales of this book will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross (see details). Support a good cause while reading an inspirational true story. Buy now on Amazon.

Want to know more?

– Read about our goals and what we hope to accomplish by publishing University of Solitude, how reading it can help improve your quality of life, or check our donations-FAQ to discover how we donate the profits made from our book sales.

Meet Matej, and 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.


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