Balla (1967), who goes only by his surname, has been called “the Slovak Kafka,” “the chief alchemist of Slovak literature,” and “the uncrowned king of Slovak outsiders and misfits.” He has published 10 books, mostly short fiction, and his works have been translated into English, German, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovene, and Serbian. The novella In the Name of the Father was voted Book of the Year by the Slovak daily SME in 2012 and in the same year awarded both the Tatra banka Foundation Art Award for Literature and the Anasoft Litera prize. (Photo: Lucia Gardin)
The Slovak Kafka: On Balla’s “In the Name of the Father”
Charles Sabatos contextualizes the Kafkaesque post-communist novella “In the Name of the Father” by the major Slovak author Balla....