Born Aug. 10, 1922, in Klenovec. Slovak writer. Honored Artist of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (1970).
Mináč graduated from the department of philosophy of the University of Bratislava. He took part in the Slovak National Uprising of 1944, which he depicted in his first novel, Death Walks Through the Mountains (1948), and in his epic trilogy A Generation (1958–61). His novel You Are Never Alone (1962) deals with the development of the individual in a socialist society and with his rejection of petit bourgeois attitudes and unscrupulous politics. While tending toward psychological prose, Minac also makes wide use of satire and the grotesque, as in his novel The Happiness-Maker (1965).
Mináč has written the collections of articles and essays Time and Books (1962), Fanning the Native Hearths (1970), and About Literature (1972). He was awarded the State Prize of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic in 1955.
WORKSVybrané spisy, 4 vols. Bratislava, 1971–72.
In Russian translation:
Vremia dolgogo ozhidaniia. Zhivye i mertvye. Moscow, 1961.
Kolokola vozveshchaiut den’. Moscow, 1963.
REFERENCESBogdanov, Iu. V. “Sovremennaia slovatskaia proza o natsionarnom vosstanii i voine.” In Razvitie zarubezhnykh slavianskikh literatur na sovremennom etape. Moscow, 1961.
Noge, J. Prozaik V. Mináč. [Bratislava] 1962.