Balla is a provocateur, a voluntary outsider, and most importantly, a brilliant writer, who doesn’t allow his readers to remain passive toward his fiction. In his latest book, Is Dead, he returns to short-form writing. The book contains everything: love, death, fame, money, banality, disillusionment, conspiracy, truth and self-deception, futility and vanity. But Balla also examines his readers, non-readers, critics, non-critics, and of course, himself. Thus Is Dead is another piece of a puzzle – the big book Balla has been writing all his life, in which humor, irony, and even the cynicism of his characters, who are mostly “lost” souls, combine with the desire to live an intense, honest life, and to resist the banality of the everyday world.