About me

Some quick facts about me:

  • Born in Slovakia, lived in Bratislava
  • By the time of writing this homepage, I lived about the same time in both 20th and 21st centuries
  • Studied Japanese language and intercultural communication at Comenius University in Bratislava
  • First came to Japan in 2004 for a one-year study program (日本語日本文化研修性) at Kyoto University
  • Came back to study sociology at Kyoto University between 2007 and 2014 (MA and Ph.D. courses)
  • I have many interests including photography, computers, books, snowboarding

Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are

A famous quote, often associated with François Mauriac says, ” Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are”. Besides reading assignments, research papers and books or newspapers, I enjoy reading other books as well. Here you can find what I have been reading recently or what I am reading right now.

Recently read

21 Lessons for the 21st Century
The Overstory
Day of the Oprichnik
Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power
Bolestivé mlčanie - Príbeh nemeckého vyslanca Hansa Ludina a jeho rodiny
コンビニ人間 [Konbini ningen]
A Book of Migrations: Some Passages in Ireland
The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories
Dve sestry
The Golden House
Saving Amelie
After Europe
1947: Where Now Begins
Probudím se na Šibuji

Milos Debnar’s favorite books »

However, the quote mentioned above by François Mauriac’s is actually incomplete. What he actually said about the relationship between books you read and one’s personality is this:

‘Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are’ is true enough, but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread.

François Mauriac

The truth is, that I actually do not re-read a lot. There are only few books I re-read and, indeed, this is something that can tell you something about myself as well.