Among The Ruins


Translated by David Short

Jantar Publishing



ISBN: 9781914990236


Publication date: 12 March 2024


Balla creates a beautiful, thought-provoking, often funny portrait of human frailty. Consisting of fragments newspaper reports, TV news items, conversations, letters, voice messages and police reports related to a fragile middle-aged woman, Vargová, and her drug and alcohol dependent therapist, Dr Felešlegi. It is not clear that either of them have actually met but Vargová is fixated by Felešlegi as her therapist and sends him many messages detailing her life and thoughts covering loneliness, bullying by her father and husband and her delusion that she is still living in the former communist state of Czechoslovakia.