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Marcel Štefančič jr.: Janez Janša – A Biography

A book that is the first of its kind in the Slovenian market.

All you always wanted to know about Janez Janša and dared not ask. <

Why was he accused of terrorism?
How did he feel participating in the Relay of Youth?
Whence the fascination with New York?
Why did he enjoy solitude?
How did he do drugs?
Why did his mother take him to a priest to be exorcised and why was it only Jesus Christ that could save him?  

All this and more in the book by Marcel Štefančič jr. Življenje Janeza Janše je življenje vseh nas (The Life of Janez Janša is the Life of us All).

A book that you will devour, a book that will make you laugh and cry and a book, during the reading of which, you will be writing your own biography. 

The hardcover with 368 pages, of 23,5x31cm format, includes more than 650 colour and black-and-white photos.

The Biography of Janez Janša by Marcel Štefančič jr. presents the artistic and social happenings related to all four Janez Janšas, the politician and the artists.

Prime Minister Janša enters late into the life of the three artists, but when this happens, his role begins to grow. That they had become so intertwined and connected is not surprising, said Štefančič.

In the biography published by the newspaper company Mladina, anecdotes from the lives of the three artists are accompanied by the social picture of the 1970s and 1980s and foretell the topics that the three artists would examine later in their work, explained the moderator at the presentation, Dražen Dragojević.

He mentioned that the three artists that changed their names to Janez Janša "are more political than politics itself". The artists interfered in the life of the politician in a way that politics interferes in our everyday life and it is precisely with this that they have transcended the level of the political, explained Štefančič.

It is a biography about three artists who grew up in three different places and in three different countries and finally met in Ljubljana, but in principle, claims Štefančič, you realize that they had lived in the same street their entire lives, that they went through the red armies, the fall of communism, the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the disintegration and subsequent reestablishment of ideologies. "They themselves appear as a biography of the disintegration and a reconstruction of the world,” deemed Štefančič.

This book has good protagonists with which Slovenian readers can identify, but it also has good antagonists and some people die in it. "It has all the elements that make it easier for the book to enter the hearts of Slovenians,” opined Štefančič. He stressed that the biography is not fictionalised and is based only on true events. "If we want people to understand the depth of what these men are doing, we have to be as photo-realistic as possible,” he said. 

To Dragojević’s question why the name in the title is in the singular, Štefančič answered that the reason for this lies in his understanding of the whole matter as the Janez Janša project, which includes several people. Perhaps even the whole of Slovenia or even the broader European community, he added. (STA, bl)


Marcel Štefančič, jr.
Janez Janša – A Biography

First edition

copyright © Marcel Štefančič, jr.,
Authors of visual material: Maska, Institute for Publishing, Production and Education and Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

 Edited by: Maja Savelli

 Designed by: studiobotas

 Published by: Mladina časopisno podjetje d.d.

 For the publishing house : Andrej Klemenc

 Production: Maska, Institute for Publishing, Production and Education and 
Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

Printed by: Tiskarna Pleško

Print run: 800

Year of publication: 2008

Year of printing: 2008

The photo of Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša on the colour appendix
Peter Rauch

Photos whose authorship is not given explicitly are from the personal archives of Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša.

— 31-03-2009 : Biography ( the book) of Janez Janša