Matej in a library

Matej Valuch

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, Matej continues his “Studies of Life,“ reflections first begun in solitary confinement while locked behind the gates of an Iranian prison.

When at home in a small apartment in Dubnica nad Váhom in Slovakia, Matej spends his time working on various non-profit and for-profit projects in the fields of writing, internet marketing, and philosophy. He doesn’t own a TV, and he’s also a vegetarian. In his spare time Matej likes reading, sports (especially trail running and mountain biking), or simply spending time with friends and family.

University of Solitude, which Matej mentally composed in the small cells of Evin Prison and published just a year after his eventual release, has been recognized as a unique work of modern Slovak literature. (See reviews and critics).