The novella In the Name of the Father probes into the life and complicated family relations of a retired man. The narrator is an irresponsible egotist with sadistic leanings, the father of two sons who had, of course, once been a son himself. As he tries to understand the reasons for his failure as a father, he blames other members of his family rather than himself. The starting point of the narration is the sale of the family’s house, built by his mysterious brother. The narrator’s youngest son wants to get rid of the house because the meaning which the house was meant to be confer on the family's life, has proved elusive. The author contemplates the usefulness of family as a basic building block of society that forces individuals who do not care for one another to live together. What stops the narrator putting the reader off with his nihilism is Balla’s writing, which is intense, passionate and grotesque to the point of being alarming.