Balla is a Slovak writer, based in Nové Zámky. He has published nine volumes of short fiction and his work has been translated into Czech, German, Hungarian, Polish, Slovene and Serbian, and most recently, into English: the story Before the Breakup is featured in Dalkey Archive Press’’s Best European Fiction 2013 and Contagion appeared in Two Lines online in March 2013.

I’’m lying back reflecting

  I’’m lying back reflecting on Slovakia’s President. Are you illiterate or what? he recently asked his citizens, addressing us all but especially those of us who hadn’‘t voted for him. His question was directed at a journalist who had inquired why he hadn’’t appointed the Procurator General elected by parliament. Well, with a question like that, she was clearly asking for it! It’’s quite obvious why he hadn’’t signed the appointment: because he doesn’’t have to. Nobody can force him to carry out his constitutional duty or follow the Constitutional Court’’s decision. He slapped the citizens in the face […]