“I wanted to elaborate the language”
Ján Buzássy was born on the 10th of April 1935 in Kočovce. He graduated from a trade high school. From 1956 to 1961 he completed a bachelor’s degree in Slovak Language and Literature and Library Science at Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava. In 1956 he debuted with a collection of poetry „Hra s nožmi“. After completing his studies in 1961, Jan worked as editor of the literary magazine Mladá Tvorba, in 1966 he became the editor-in-chief. As a result of normalisation attempts in cultural sphere, Mladá Tvorba was cancelled in 1971. After its closure, Jan worked as editor and later editor-in-chief of the magazine Slovenský spisovateľ. After 1989 he became the president of the Slovak Association of Writers and editor in chief of the monthly Kultúrny život.