The nameless narrator of "In the Name of the Father" reflects on his life, constantly looking for someone else to blame for his failures and unable to stop a mysterious “thing” growing in the cellar of the house he built with his brother.
The edition is supplemented by three more short stories by Balla, written earlier in the short novel In the name of the father, but embossing the same dystopian inner world of the various heroes, anonymous or eponymous, and which further integrate the reader into the literary universe of the Slovak "Kafka".
The short novel In the name of the father became the top literary book of 2012 in Slovakia.
Balla (1967), better known by his last name, is a graduate of the Bratislava University of Economics and works in the local council's financial audit office in Nove Zamki, a provincial town in southern Slovakia. Since his first collection of short stories entitled Leptokaria (1996), he has published twelve other books, mainly collections of short stories. His works have been translated into Czech, French, German, English, Hungarian, Polish, Ukrainian, Slovenian and Serbian. His short novel In the name of the father was voted Book of the Year (2012) by the Slovak newspaper SME, was awarded the Tatrabanka Foundation Prize for Literature and the Anasoft Litera National Prize for Literature. In 2016, the short novel Veľka lάskawas released, which was also nominated for the Anasoft Litera Award.